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Is such volunteering considered to be a paid job that prevents you from receiving unemployment benefits?

Q) Hello, I am signing up for unemployment benefits, and right now I am volunteering at our Town Hall. I know that generally when receiving unemployment benefits, one can still be volunteering. However in our town hall, when you’re volunteering 100hr or more anually, they reduce your property tax by 10%. Is such volunteering considered to be a paid job that prevents you from receiving unemployment benefits?

A) According to the Department Of Labor:
Volunteer activities are not only a way to serve your community, but can also be a successful strategy as part of your reemployment plan. Under Employment Security law, you must be able to work and available for full-time work. While volunteering you must continue to make an active and earnest search for work. You can be considered available for work while performing volunteer activities:
If you are willing to stop the volunteer activity upon an offer of suitable work; OR
Providing the volunteer activity does not occur during customary work hours for the type of work you are seeking.
Your unemployment benefits could be denied if you refuse an interview because it interferes with your volunteer activities.
Source: https://molabor.uservoice.com/knowledgebase/articles/282928-can-volunteer-activities-affect-my-unemployment-be

Can I file for unemployment after working ruffly 84 hours a week since Christmas with only 1 other employees help until I collapsed

Q) Can I file for unemployment after working ruffly 84 hours a week since Christmas with only 1 other employees help until I collapsed This Thursday, went to the doctors gave me 5 days off. my district manager has called me, has text me and other employees That I just hired last week quit because of… Continue Reading

I worked for an employer for 6 years, told I wouldn’t get certain hours. Would this qualify for unemployment benefits?

Q) I worked for an employer for 5 or 6 years and they sold out to someone who at first seemed like it was going to be fairly similar. But after three years, procedures were being changed almost on a weekly basis. This being on-going for a month or so, I started getting things confused and… Continue Reading

My release date was Feb 16. I was given 13 week severance package. Must I file unemployment now or after 13 weeks.

Q) My release date was Feb 16, 2018 for lack of work. I was given a severance package for 13 weeks. Must I file for benefits or do I wait the 13 weeks before contacting my local office? Please advise. A) Different states have different policies regarding severance, and whether your pay will affect unemployment benefits… Continue Reading

Was working 11 to 7am shifts, was not safe, i was verbally attacked by drug addicts. can i collect unemployment?

Q) Hi i worked at a hotel for 4 months on the Cape doing front desk plus security but i had to leave late december as i was working 11 to 7am shifts and i was by myself all night and was not safe i was verbally attacked by drug addicts on almost a nightly basis… Continue Reading

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