Can the unemployed take a vacation and not lose their benefits?
August 6, 2010 1:58 PM Subscribe
Asking for a recently laid-off friend - If you're receiving unemployment insurance checks, can you take a vacation?
posted by Long Way To Go to Work & Money (23 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My friend was laid off a few months ago (in California) from a long term corporate job. He's been receiving the standard unemployment insurance checks. Every 2 weeks he gets a letter to sign and send back saying he's still unemployed. With all the extensions and so on, this state you continue for a couple of years while he looks for a new job. However, he's worried that any break in the unemployment will terminate the benefits. For example, if he took a contract job that lasted for a few weeks, he wouldn't be able to resume receiving the balance of the unemployment benefits after it finished. So with some air-miles that are about to expire he'd love to go back and spend a few weeks with his family in Europe. Now obviously a helpful 3rd party could intercept the bi-weekly letters while he's gone and through the wonders of technology assure that they were returned correctly signed. However, this doesn't seem very honest. So he would like to know if there is a way he can take a few weeks to go abroad without breaking any laws or losing the many months of benefits he would receive if he just stays here.