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|Sat, 08-24-2013 - 7:43am|
I worked at a Staples store untl March 27th this year when Staples (corporate headquarters) laid off all full time employees across the U.S. in order to reduce losses. Across retail, the brick and mortar stores are losing customers to Amazon.com, etc. So instead of Staples closing X number of stores, they laid off the full time employees to keep the stores open and currently only have P/T workers up to 25 hrs./wk. With Obamacare coming, Staples doesn't want to pay benefits either.
Since March 27th, I've collected a severance from Staples and currently collecting unemployment insurance. The other issue is I decided to go into real estate and took a course to get my license. I'm now licensed in NY. So guess what happened. I just received a notice from the Dept. of Labor to go in on Sept. 5. I already had my 1st interview which was more of an introduction and to tell me about the Dept. of Labor's services. My unemployment insurance ends at Christmas. So now that I have a license, a website, etc. can the Dept. of Labor stop issuing unemploymet? What irks me is I PAID TAXES for unemployment. Taxes were taken out of every paycheck while I worked at Staples for 13 years. And now I can't collect?
Considering I'm now an independent contractor according to the law & IRS, I'm self employed. I have not received any commissions yet. It takes time for a self employed person to market themselves, get clients before collecting a commission. Anybody here with advice or suggestions on what I should do? Short of contacting a lawyer? By the way, put yourself in the shoes of a NY State Dept. of Labor employee and go to www.kathylakowitz.com and would you cut off unemployment insurance or not? My unemployment benefits were used to pay for legal fees ($400.), training ($495.), a wig to cover my bald spot ($450.), professional photo ($80.), transportation, 2 dresses ($150.), 1 pair shoes ($70.)., etc. I have receipts for everything so I can claim it as business expenses on next year's income taxes. But between now & Christmas, if I can't receive unemployment, it will be a hardship.