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    Meteor Blades, Odysseus, DaleA, JesseCW

    You will get your claim put on hold for a phone interview. If it goes your way your checks will resume in two weeks.
    So, no money for two weeks. It stays in your account, not your pocket.
    If you work again--same thing.
    Sure you get caught up eventually but, try not eating or paying bills for two weeks and see what happens.
    If you do get a job and it does not work out your benefits will be recalculated to the new high earnings for that quarter (usually a benefit cut).

    Where is the drive to work if EDD keeps trying to get you off the rolls and gives you endless headaches and pay cuts for trying?
    Oh yeah;
    Where is the job training?

    •  The worst is when it's a day or two of work (2+ / 0-)
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      Odysseus, DaleA

      If you got a whole week (for instance, I got a weeks work setting up and tearing down for a convention), at least you have a whole weeks pay in your pocket during the delay.

      If it's one or two days, it's completely not worth it.

      To make matters worse, it can push you past the deadline to get filed for the next tier, and...

    •  And regarding job training - (3+ / 0-)
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      Odysseus, DaleA, QuestionAuthority

      If you enroll in school, then you get to have an interview to find out if your benefit will be cut off.

      They won't tell you squat before-hand.  There is no "can I enroll in this program and keep my benefit".

      All this time I've been out of work, it would have been a major carreer boost for me to learn Spanish, and it would have made me much more employable.  EDD wouldn't tell me one way or the other for sure if it was OK for me to sign up for a course, although when I called the helpline I was told that it was "iffy" since my ordinary profession often involves nights and weekends.

      •  That's why I did it all self-study. (1+ / 0-)
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        Pick up certification books for $35 and spend a few weeks studying.  It's a PITA because it doesn't actually give some of the confidence that a course does, but it also doesn't cause any official conflict with benefits.

        Of course for some certifications, you're required to attend training courses, so there's no getting around that.

        -7.75 -4.67

        "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose."

        There are no Christians in foxholes.

        by Odysseus on Mon May 24, 2010 at 05:49:29 PM PDT

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        •  Yeah, if I'd had the cash of course (1+ / 0-)
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          I would have bought a Rosetta Stone program or something, but Community College would have been a good deal cheaper.

          The most messed up part is that of course I would drop a class if I got a job that interfered.  I mean, I might get a 6pm to 3am shift job, but no one would ever call me in to an inteview at 6pm.

          But I'd still have been risking my benefit to take a 6pm to 8pm course.  

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