My question involves unemployment benefits for the state of: CA
Forgive me for trying to explain a complex situation.
I've been receiving CA unemployment benefits while living in Indiana. I am eligible for this claim because I followed my spouse out of state to relocate for a job. None of that is in question. My claim is valid until August. However, it ran out of money just this week.
This is my second regular claim from CA. After my first one ran out I received the first extension. Now I believe I am eligible for the second extension.
Here's the problem. I've been earning part-time wages as an adjunct university teacher in Indiana. I've also been picking up freelance work here and there. Of course I've been honestly claiming those wages on my CA weekly claim forms.
Now CA tells me that because I have out-of-state wages, they will not file my second federal extension -- I first have to first file an unemployment claim in Indiana to determine if I'm eligible for Indiana unemployment. Only if I am rejected from Indiana unemployment will CA file my federal extension.
1--Being a teacher on summer break who is on an annual contract, I'm not technically "unemployed". The state of Indiana actually forbids teachers from collecting benefits if they are on break. *But* my contract hasn't yet renewed, so the state may originally think I am unemployed, grant me Indiana benefits, then revoke them when they see that my contract is "renewed' in August and not "new".
I've had both my university and a state rep tell me this may happen. If this does happen, my CA claim will be expired and perhaps too late to get the second extension.
2--It seems relatively impossible to even file for unemployment here.
In my current regular CA claim I'm eligible for $450 a week. I've been claiming $200-$400 a week from Indiana on my CA claim form and getting reduced benefits as a result. If I filed in Indiana, Indiana reports to CA that I'm eligible for $180 a week based on my Indiana salary (this report does not take into account my status as a teacher, an omission that's messing this process up).
If I wasn't on summer break this might be easier to just say to CA, "I can't claim unemployment in Indiana because I'm not unemployed". If I ran out of $ a few weeks ago, for instance, I'd still be collecting all the same Indiana income I did when I was claiming partial unemployment for my still-valid CA claim.
As it stands, it looks like I'm temporarily "laid off" because I'm not getting my reported university income. I'm still earning some of the wages that did not disqualify me from my CA ($450) check, and those *do* disqualify me from Indiana ($180/week), but again, how do I get disqualified from IN in the first place if I can't even claim that I'm unemployed?
There's simply no good way to claim Indiana unemployment -- there's no box to check that says I'm still working almost at the same rate i always was, and the other option is to claim i've been laid off from a position that intends to renew my contract.
Given all of this, how do I get CA to file my second extension for me? They say they will only if I can get a letter from Indiana saying I'm not eligible for benefits. The only way to do that is to file in Indiana.
That means making a claim that I've been 'laid off' at my university job, which isn't technically true and which may wind up tricking the state into giving me Indiana benefits, only to revoke them later when it's too late to get my federal extension.
sorry for anything unclear and thanks in advance.