My question involves unemployment benefits for the state of: New York
I was laid off in November. While receiving severance, I was working on a book I was commissioned to write by an outside company. I stopped working on the book before I started receiving unemployment. However, while having been receiving unemployment for several weeks now, at a rate of $405 per week, I received a $900 check for the book. Do I claim this? How? Every week I claim unemployment by answering a set of questions online. None of them seem to cover this type of predicament.
Also, I am starting to freelance and earn a few bucks here and there. I have no idea how to report the money I earn to unemployment. The questions asked don't cover specific figures, etc. I am so confused. Any help?
I can't seem to figure out how to actually speak to a real human being at the NY unemployment office.