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I have been collecting unemployment for the past 6 months in MD. To back up in time even further; I had been working in accounting for the last 16 -17 years and hated every minute of it. With that said while unemployment I didnt apply for 2 jobs each and every week while on unemployment. I decide i was going to switch careers and get a job with the local school system. So I focused on trying to get a job with them. I recently learned my unemployment benefit ran out and that I could file for EUC...I started to do that but then got this letter in the mail about how I could have to repay the money they sent me or even go to prison...So I then decided not to continue unemployment. Now they want to do a telephone interview with me; they say the issue to be resolved is "able and available"... what do I do? I have to talk to them on Oct 1.
They only mentioned they may want to ask about my work search history...what if they ask me about a certain week and I didnt look that week? BTW... I am currently working part-time for the schools, could that satisfy their need to know if i am able and available?
So then I should just tell them I dont have the history and repay them? I am no longer collecting unemployment because I have a job...should I tell them that? I am just afraid I will say the wrong thing.
Is it possible they could decide to not ask me to repay if i don't have my work search history? The other thing is they have scheduled the interview during my work time and it is really hard for me to talk during work. Should i call them and tell them that or do i really need to schedule a day off from work? (The very thing they are concerned about me having)
Under what bases do they decide if a person has to pay them back or not? Do they only require a person who is to repay will pay only for the weeks they dont have record for a search?
One woman at their office told me they will only ask for the month of Aug. do you happen to know how far back in my records they will ask about?
That was on the phone a couple of weeks ago, I just got this letter. I hope she is correct. They also said i can ask for a lawyer while i talk to them, I gather I dont need one correct?
I wish it was only a few weeks I am missing a few months worth of records; does that make it bad for me?
So do you know that they will only ask for Aug, I me can you verify what that woman at unemployment said? Because i spoke to another woman later at the unemployment office and she said it can be any time while I collected unemployment, so it can go back to the first month according to her.
OK well I just will not know which lady is correct until I talk with them. Is there anything else I should know before I call to reschedule my phone appt. with them. (Again i don't want to say the wrong thing)
They have said on their letter in the past the records for job searches should be kept available for 1 year... but in your experience you have found that they generally only ask for a months period? Meaning the previous month (that is why the woman said Aug)
Oh good,,,that should not be a problem for me I can account for that month... I hope that is all they ask about. OK so I should just make sure I don't volunteer any info, answer them honestly when I do talk to them. In addition I should call and reschedule my appt. and I can ask them what information they will want during that appt. Thank you.
Thank you so much for all your help and time tonight. Wish me luck! :)
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