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I have a question related to unemployment benefits in the

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Hi Pearl,
JA: What state are you in? It matters because laws vary by location.
Customer: I have a question related to unemployment benefits in the state of CT and then working as an independent contractor. Can you assist me?
JA: Was this discussed with a manager, HR, or an attorney?
Customer: No I contacted the Dept of Labor for CT and was approved for unemployment benefits two months ago. I am currently pursuing a real estate license and want to know how tat will affect my unemployment benefits since I am not currently making money.
JA: Is the employment "at will," union, full time, or part time?
Customer: The self employment will be full-time once I have my license and can begin as a real estate agent
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: Just that I live in NY now and got married last year. I moved to Long Island in January but was consistently employed in CT for 26 years with no gap in employment. CT is paying me unemployment benefits even as an out of state person because of my full-time employment history.
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Employment Law
Expert:  John replied 2 months ago.

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Expert:  John replied 2 months ago.

As part of your unemployment must have proof of job search efforts. I know you are seeking a real estate license. Thus, technically if you are not pursuing a job (i.e., sending out resumes and filling out applications), then you are not supposed to get benefits. However, nothing says you have to get the jobs for which you are applying. In other words, while I would not admit this to unemployment, you can just fill out applications etc. with no intent of taking a job to be able to prove your job search and you will still get benefits. Once you get your position as a real estate agent, you can also continue to collect benefits until you earn remuneration – i.e. make your first sale. You have to report income for each week you earn it, which then disqualifies you from benefits for that week.

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