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I have a documented mental illness, and cannot resume the same work…

Unemployment-QuestionQ) I am an ex-offender(I served a 4-year sentence at a PA State SCI. Convicted of a felon-1 via “Guilty by Mental Illness”), I am now on 5 years state-supervised probation. I have a documented mental illness and severe hearing loss, and cannot resume the same array of business/work and/or physical/mental functions as I previously had executed. I was/am self-employed full-time since 1987. My PA registered business is named “Covered Bridge Customs” (primarily custom motorcycle painting and sign crafting). I have a valid PA tax number for collecting sales tax (36-300-937). I have no workshop to operate in, as it was sold in year 2011 as part of my home. I only have a small home office where I live in York County. I am currently investigating if I may be eligible for Social Security Disability and Public County Assistance. Otherwise, I am not working, I live with my brother in York, PA, but I am also investigating employment opportunities in order to meet my probation obligations of 20 employment applications per week, and to possibly find a job that I may be able to handle given my disabilities. I do not know what my self-employment business functions/limitations may be or entail since I have no facility to work in, and given any physical/mental restrictions. Can you assist me with information or the qualifications regarding unemployment? Thank you.

A) Social Security offers an online disability application you can complete at your convenience. Apply from the comfort of your home or any location at a time most convenient for you. You do not need to drive to your local Social Security office or wait for an appointment with a Social Security representative.http://www.socialsecurity.gov/disabilityssi/apply.html

Due to the fact the each state administrates their unemployment benefit program differently and has different eligibility requirements it’s always best to visit your state website to view that information. After viewing the eligibility requirements you can (on some State’s Unemployment Website) file your claim online.

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  1. Worked for company 19 1/2 years, had jury duty they released us saying they did not need us, took the form back to work gave to girls behind the counter like I have done the last 18 years, get called into office an was asked where my form was, I said I turned it in. She says not good enough so sent daughter to go to court get a different one? because they did not get it. A week goes by I get called in again and she asked did I go to jury I said yes but they did not need us and was released, she said why did you not come back to work I said because no one comes back to work if they have 1 day of jury service she said yes you do and out of the whole 3 floors in the building you would not find 1 person that would say yes you have to come back to work. Not even the corporate boss’s wife, which worked their she said nope no one comes back to work, well I get pulled in again and they fire me, can I collect unemployment she said I falsified a time card? what time card I never signed a time card the whole 19 years their? You get signed in when you log into your computer: I had no clue, where all this was coming from? Now they are calling me a thief on top of it? When she fired me I just took my badge off and said you want it that bad take it and left.. I was in shock that they would actually go so low to now call me a thief and for what, no retirement no medical really so out of the blue I am just starting lying and cheating at work really? I hope they all know what karma is! and the next day wow my G.F. calls me from work and says guess what’s on my desk I say what she says its a letter to all the people saying if you go to jury duty you have to come back if they let you go early? wow really! can I get unemployment since I paid into it for 19 half years?

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