Hi, I am a designer collecting unemployment. I've taken some short term assignments one recently being a week long gig. Every Sunday I claim and after this job I claimed, entered that I made over $405 and was finished with this job due to lack of work. Which it was unfortunately. UIB stated that I wouldn't receive benefits that week which I understand. I received a letter in the mail asking for info on the company which I gave (they know a letter might be coming and knew to give the reason of lack of work) and answered some other questions (did this before for a two day gig). Anyway it's been three weeks and I've been claiming without having any work and have not received my weekly owed benefits. Why such the hold up?
A fellow unemployed friend mentioned he just didn't mention work/report it when he worked and didn't claim for that week. When not working he would go back and claim his rightful benefits. No shady business here. Should I just not mention short term contract work and not claim those weeks of work to avoid this long hold up?