In this economy, one never knows when unemployment will happen. My husband's trade will layoff and furlow regularly and I have learned a few tricks to make it quicker to file and start receiving payments.
I use a calendar for each of us (usually get them free from a local business). Each month usually has a picture - I take a piece of paper and cut it to size and put over the picture. I use this section to staple all check stubs and income statements. I make notes on the calendar where he is. For example, on Monday, I might write UE-unemployment and draw a line to Saturday if he is out all week, or I might write something like Lagoon job and draw a line to Saturday. I also have put a sheet of paper over the back and I write company names, address, supervisor name, and telephone numbers.
When you file, you will need to have your social security number and drivers license number handy, if you don't know it. For ID purposes they use Mother's maiden name (don't laugh, but this one made my son have to think hard - he said all he could come up with was mom, and then they wanted him to spell it). A checking account makes it much faster.
One last thing before you leave the job request a written paper on your layoff. This is your documentation!
There are usually two ways to file a claim - internet and by phone. I prefer the internet because it is so much faster and you don't have to wait through busy signals or wait on hold for hours.
By notwrong from FL
If you go on unemployment my advice is do not take a temporary job. I did just that and when I went to go back on my UC I was disqualified because I had not earned enough. UC can last a long time now with the federal extensions. I spent 2 1/1 yrs on it and if I had not taken the temp job I could have spent probably at least another year on it. Some people qualify for up to 99 months I was told due to all the federal extensions. Luckily I just got a new job that is full time with benefits, not a ton of money but it will pay the bills, and I love the job. If you are looking for work I suggest Craigslist in your area, monster.com and snagajob.com
You can take a job that you know will be temporary as long as it is not through a temp agency. The key is that when the job is over, they have to give you a lay-off. Typically they will actually give you a form letter stating the date and that you've been laid off due to lack of work. Find out in advance if they will do this. If you go through a temp agency, it's very rare that you can get an actual "lay off" and therefore it's difficult to get back onto unemployment. My husband has been on and off unemployment for the past 3 years. He's taken more jobs than I can count. But, since he's construction, they hire him for the duration of a project or two, then lay him off because they don't have any other projects ready to start.
Hubby's got a son who's been laid off for some time. I'm sure he's glad of the extensions, since he's frankly not ready to go back to work. I know the extensions are a blessing to those honestly unable to find work. It's just too bad they end up helping loafers like this guy, too.
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