Q) I was just laid off last Friday and am applying for unemployment benefits this week. If I take on a contract job that ends in say – 3 months, will I still be eligible for unemployment benefits after the contract is over?
A) Whether or not you are eligible for unemployment benefits after a contract job depends on several factors, including the laws in your state and the circumstances surrounding your employment. Generally, if you work for a fixed-term or contract job that ends, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits if you meet the other eligibility requirements of your state.
In most states, eligibility for unemployment benefits is determined by several factors, including the amount of money you earned during your base period, your reason for leaving your previous job, and your ability and availability to work. If you meet the eligibility requirements, you may be eligible to receive unemployment benefits after your contract job ends.
However, if you voluntarily quit the contract job or if you are terminated for misconduct, you may not be eligible for unemployment benefits. Additionally, if you earn too much money while working the contract job, you may be ineligible for unemployment benefits during that period.
It’s important to note that unemployment laws and regulations vary by state, so it’s a good idea to check with your state’s unemployment office to understand how your specific circumstances may affect your eligibility for benefits.