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Hi, I am currently collecting unemployment benefits and

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I am currently collecting unemployment benefits and was recently offered a full time contract position on a 1099. It's commission only.

My unemployment benefits run out at the end of this year.

I have a couple of questions.
Since this is a commission only independent contract position am I still eligible to receive the unemployment benefits?
Secondly, in the event that this job opportunity doesn't pan out would I be able to still collect unemployment benefits?

Good afternoon Scott,

I'm Doug, and I'm sorry to hear of the confusion. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today.

Be very careful about considering taking a commission position as a 1099 employee. As soon as you do that, because you will be working full time, RDD will terminate your benefits, and you will not have the opportunity to change your mind later, quit the position because it is not working out and re-qualify for unemployment benefits.

Unless this position is essentially a guarantee---which commissioned 1099 positions are almost never----then you are much better off passing on the "opportunity" and continue looking for a position that has some income guarantee in trade for your permanent loss of benefits from unemployment.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Hi Doug,


I've decided to take their offer. I know it's a gamble, but I'm hoping it will pay off. Except for the 1099 status and no base pay, I really like what I see because the potential for making money immediately is there.


That being said, if it doesn't go according to plan is there a way I can legally continue to collect my unemployment benefits while working there to hedge the risk I'm taking? For instance, would I be able to work part time and still be eligible to collect unemployment as long as I continue to look for work?


Also, what is the maximum hours I could work to be considered part time still?





Good morning Scott,

If you are able to still continue looking for a paying full time position, then you may be able to continue to receive unemployment.

As you are already receiving benefits and if you choose to begin self employment ---on your next certification for benefits you should list self-employment as the employer and "still working" on the certification forms and indicate the number of hours you worked that week. You do not identify the company or companies that you did self employment work for.

Alternatively---and I would suggest this first----contact EDD, tell them that you are going to try a self employment position and you need an interview to determine continuing eligibility.

Either way---you will almost certainly be required to have an interview to determine continue eligibility.

I will tell you that if you are doing more than about 20 hours a week of self employment, there is a pretty good chance that you will not qualify for unemployment. So do think this through very carefully. Ask to speak to other people who have recently come to work for this company and speak with them. While there is an upside to your job offer----if the money does not come in pretty quick, and you lose your benefits, it could be a financially devastating blow to you.

Here is an article by someone with some experience in dealing with EDD in this situation, and what they saw in terms of qualifying for unemployment.

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