What Happens When You Find Employment?
If you return to work full time with your former employer or a new employer, you are no longer eligible for benefits. However, remember to file claims for weeks you were unemployed before you returned to work.
If you are working less than your full-time work, you may be eligible for benefits. The department will review the number of hours you work and your earnings to determine how your UC benefits for that week are affected by your part-time job. If your part-time wages in any particular week are not more than your PBC, your benefits will not be reduced for that week. If your wages are more than your PBC, the amount that exceeds your PBC will reduce your UC benefits by the same amount for that week. If you earn wages more than or equal to the sum of your WBR plus your PBC for any week, you are not eligible for benefits for that week.
IMPORTANT: Notify the UC service center immediately if you begin working part time at a new employer.
You must also report if you were absent from work. If you were scheduled to work, but did not report to work, you were absent from work. The gross wages you could have earned (potential earnings) must be reported.
IMPORTANT: When you are filing biweekly claims for weeks when you worked part time, report the gross (pre-deduction) amount you earned with all employers during the week, even if you were paid in a different week. Multiply your rate of pay by the number of hours you worked during each week to calculate your gross earnings. For example, if you worked 20 hours a week and earned $10.00 per hour, your gross earnings are $200 as indicated below:
20 HOURS X $10.00 PER HOUR = $200.00 IN GROSS EARNINGS
IF YOU WORKED 30 HOURS DURING THE WEEK AND EARNED $8.50 PER HOUR, YOUR GROSS EARNINGS ARE $255.00.
30 HOURS X $8.50 PER HOUR = $255.00 IN GROSS EARNINGS
If you find work as an independent contractor (meaning that you are self employed), or take steps to start your own business, you are not eligible for benefits even if your business is not profitable. However, there is an exception for a "sideline" activity. Participating in a sideline business that began while you were working full time for your employer is not disqualifying if:
you are able and available for full-time work,
you do not substantially increase your participation in the business, and
the business is not the primary source of your livelihood.
The net earnings from your sideline business will reduce your UC in the same way that earnings from part-time employment will reduce UC. The UC service center will calculate the amount of the reduction based on a formula in the UC regulations.
IMPORTANT: Notify the UC service center immediately if you are engaged in any type of self employment.