My question involves unemployment benefits for the state of: California
I was laid off from a full-time job in March 2010, and began receiving UI benefits at the maximum amount of $450/week. I have not earned any pay since then, and am now about to begin Tier 2 of the federal extension.
I've been offered a freelance job for 3 weeks in May. It is full-time with good pay, but will definitely end after 3 weeks. I would not be an employee, but would submit an invoice to get paid as a contractor.
What happens to my UI benefits? I will report the first week that I work for this contract on my UI form, and they will stop sending me the claim forms. But, when I call them after the 3 weeks and ask to restart it - is it a new claim? is it a restart of my old claim? Will I still get benefits based on my old salary at my last real job as an employee?
My original claim year will have ended, but I am on federal extensions. Does that mean I have to restart a new claim? If I do, do I start again with the federal extensions at the beginning?
Thanks so much for your help.