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I think it would be simpler for you to collect unemployment now to just get a clean break and then be able to apply for new jobs when you get back. You have to determine what makes the most financial sense. I'm happy to talk by phone for an additional charge if you like.
That will be up to the unemployment agency. They may allow it if you are not collecting unemployment while deployed.
Benefits are calculated using an individual’s earnings during a specific 12-month period. The base period is this 12-month period. The Standard Base Period is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters prior to the beginning date of the UI claim. The amount paid each week is calculated based on the calendar quarter with the highest earnings during the base period. You are eligible for unemployment for up to 1 year so you could resume unemployment after you return for up to 1 year minus the dates you receive unemployment up until your deployment.
I actually did some additional research and apparently the California agency views active military service as being employed. In that case, it makes sense to file after you get back.
My reading is that you cannot collect from multiple employers. You would be eligible for unemployment until May. Then you come back to the employer after your deployment and then seek unemployment from CCL Label. I do not think as a reserve member you would be entitled to unemployment. Take a look at the site I pointed you to.
Let me know if you have any additional questions or we can talk by phone for an additional charge.