I am currently working full time, but want to take a class that would require me to miss work for six weeks.
Q) I am currently working full time, but want to take a class that would require me to miss work for six weeks. My employer is saying that is time, and also that I would be able to collect unemployment during that six week period, as I would not be working. Is this true???
A) It is not true that you would be able to collect unemployment during the six weeks that you miss work to take a class. Unemployment benefits are designed to help people who are unemployed through no fault of their own. If you are voluntarily taking a class, you are not considered to be unemployed.
Your employer is correct that taking a class for six weeks would be considered a voluntary leave of absence. This means that you would not be paid for the time that you are away from work. You may be able to use vacation time or sick leave to cover the time that you miss, but you would not be able to collect unemployment benefits.
If you are considering taking a class that would require you to miss work, you should talk to your employer first. They may be willing to work with you to find a way to accommodate your schedule. You may also be able to find a class that is offered online or at night so that you can still work full time.
Here are some additional things to keep in mind:
- You may be able to get a tax deduction for the cost of the class.
- You may be able to get financial aid to help pay for the class.
- You may be able to find a job that will help you pay for the class.
If you are serious about taking a class, there are many ways to make it happen. You just need to do your research and plan ahead.
If you voluntarily decide not to work, you cannot claim unemployment insurance benefits. Unemployment insurance is for people who are looking, and available, for work. If you can’t prove to your state’s unemployment department that your class schedule won’t interfere with your job hunt, you may lose your right to unemployment compensation.