My question involves unemployment benefits for the state of: California
I've done a lot of research on refusing suitable work, and what is suitable and reasons for refusing and how it affects your benefits. However this is no info on refusing side jobs or odd jobs while you are seeking full time work in your profession, while on unemployment benefits.
If I take up a side job here and there, and get called to do a one day event and I'm not available, thus I "refused work", does that affect my unemployment benefit or is this just refusal related to "full time work in your field" offers? This side job is not my profession, but something that I can do to earn some income while seeking full time work in my field (based on experience, training and education).
Prior to receiving benefits, I wasn't sure if I'd get approved so I sought out side jobs, but I'm not going to be available to work every day job (it's a 3-4 hr shift) that is offered to me, and I don't want to risk losing my benefits. Should I just tell the side job company not to contact me anymore? Is that another violation? Someone please help clarify this for me!
By the way, does the EDD/UI office contact the side job company at all? I've worked one job and listed them down on my claim for with their name and address. Will they ask the side job office if I have refused work? Again this is not a full time job offer, it's a side job, when work is available and they ask if I can work that day/shift...and sometimes I'm not available due to other prior personal obligations so I tell them I'm not available that day or shift. On the claim form, the UI claim asks, "Did you refuse any work", so I'm scared I'll lose my benefits. Please tell me this will not affect my benefits!
Thank you for helping!