Unemployment Post-Staffing Agency
March 23, 2011 2:35 PM Subscribe
Am I likely to get unemployment from a staffing agency?
posted by brynnwood to work & money (7 answers total)
I've been working for a year for the same company as a contractor. I'm employed by a staffing agency. The contract expires in four weeks.
Yesterday, I was told that the company might extend the contract, which is not something I want. An FTE has left our group and since her departure, I've been doing two jobs, one of which entails the responsibilities of a position two pay grades above mine.
And I have a 30-mile commute in a state with NO public transit. I'm ashamed to say that car payment, gas, insurance and maint/repairs is eating up a little more than 1/4 of what I make right now.
The extension is also yet to be approved. (I'm in the unenviable position I have been for three months of taking time off work to interview, often traveling for this, and losing that income.)
I've spoken to the staffing agency about being paid for the work I'm doing and their attitude is, hey, if you want to negotiate a pay increase, good luck, but we're just interested in getting paid what we do now.
So two things: Can I turn down the new contract and be eligible for unemployment?
If that contract is not approved, is there anything to prevent the agency from offering me a potentially lower-paying job and claiming that I've turned down employment?
Thanks so much for your help.