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Unemployment Benefits For Seasonal And Contract Workers

Author : Jeff

Updated : June 19th, 2019

Who are seasonal and contract workers?

Seasonal, contract workers and temporary employees who are hired for a fixed term or have a job opportunity only during a particular season. These days, taking up a fixed term work has become quite common in many countries. Fixed term work usually falls into one of the following two categories.

  1. Where a person is hired directly by the company
  2. Where a person is contracted to a company by another organization

While seasonal jobs too are for a certain period, they are not exactly similar to contract jobs. Jobs like being a tourist guide, athlete etc fall into the seasonal category.

Both these types of workers often find it difficult to find a livelihood when the term or season is over. Unfortunately, not all states pronounce them eligible for UI benefits.

**If you are someone who has benefit weeks remaining in your UI account and would like to claim the balance, read our insightful guide on How to re open unemployment claims before contacting the state unemployment insurance agency.Suggest this to a friend or family member if they are in a similar situation.

 

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 Eligibility

Whether or not seasonal employees are covered by unemployment insurance is a matter that is decided by individual states. Generally, if the employer pays the relevant taxes into the system that contribute to UI funds, a seasonal workers can claim UI benefits. In most cases the benefits are denied if the employer declared themselves as a seasonal company and do not pay into the system.

Contract workers are typically entitled to UI benefits because companies pay the relevant taxes into the system. Federal and state taxes and worker’s compensation tax component  are paid by businesses who hire contract workers. However independent contractors are usually not eligible to receive unemployment benefits. This is due to the fact that companies who hire them do not pay the taxes that contribute towards UI fund.

Both seasonal and contract workers must have worked for the state mandated minimum hours and earned the minimum pay during base period to be eligible. They should also prove that their lack of employment is due to no fault of their own. For further details on eligibility criteria, contact your state’s unemployment insurance agency.

Tip: Use our simple and quick Eligibility Calculator to check your eligibility before applying.

Applying for unemployment insurance

We generally encourage every unemployed person to file for benefits as soon as they are unemployed. We suggest the same in case of seasonal and contract workers too.

To apply for unemployment benefits, the contractor or seasonal worker must not have quit their previous job. Should they be unemployed for any reason other than lack of work or through some fault of the employer, they may be denied benefits. Number of weeks and hours worked varies from state to state, so make sure that you contact your state’s unemployment insurance office before you set about filing your claim.

You will need your employment history which includes duration of work, wages earned and details of your ex- employers. You will need your social security number and some other important documents as well. Once you have gathered all this, you can proceed to file your claim via telephone, Internet or mail, although we suggest doing it through the Internet as it is faster.

A word of advice

Being unemployed can be a difficult time for anyone. Along with filing for benefits with your state, you must also make sure that you actively search for new opportunities as it is difficult to survive on the benefit amount provided by the state alone. Seasonal and contract workers usually have the benefit of possessing a unique skill which often makes them valuable work force. Stay positive and spend time with your family and friends. We sincerely hope that you will find greener pastures soon. Good luck!

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  1. I applied for unemployment in New Mexico because I wasn’t getting my full-time hours and my checks were never correct I was constantly fighting with the company now I’ve exhausted my unemployment benefits and they sent me a questionnaire about my work and it says adjuctation what does that mean.. I am extremely frightened

    1. Amal,

      Adjudication is like an “Appeals” process. You may be asked to present facts and paperwork relating to your claim. If everything is fine with your claim, please face it with confidence. You’ll be given a sound hearing.

    1. Carolyn,

      If this is your initial claim, it will take a min. of 7-10 business days for the determination to be made. Please reach out to the Unemployment Office for more.

    1. David,

      Please let us know the state you’re writing from. You can also visit the Unemployment Office’s official website for phone numbers.

    2. My initial unemployment benefits run out next month. How long does it take for the extension to be determined? As I havent found suitable work. And have met all requirements to find employment. Filed in TX. If I qualify for benefits do I automatically qualify for an extention?

      1. Le,

        The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  2. I COLLECTED ABOUT $5000 OF UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WHEN I WAS WORKING AND NOW THERE IS A PENDING COURT CASE AGAINST ME OUT OF PHOENIX TO GO TO COURT FOR 21 COUNTS OF FRAUD..WILL I GO TO JAIL? I AM SOO SCARED.JOJO

    1. James,

      The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  3. I am Disabled I have had several surgeries on my lower spine. I found that I was not able to male it die to Bills became overwhelming.
    I got a Job with S3 security in Tallahassee f. Where I found out that all company rules were online and They said I needed to find them and opine to them. I told them I was with Dyslexia and I. could not find them. and 2. if I could have would not have been able to remember them. this is one of my life time Disabilities. I asked to be explained the Rules but was not. For 6 mounts I was praised by the places I worked. Then recently the Sargent told me to help a student locked out there Apartment. So I did. Next day he wanted to write me up for doing what he told me to do. I told him No I would not sign a demerit that would follow me around for ever Paper work does that! I all ways did the best I could. The Captain had made a open threat that he would do all he could to take badges and make us look bad to Fla. AG. I had hurt my ankle and am getting over it. They say the wishes of Property manager was reason I was Terminated with not following post orders. Not signing the forms excepting the wright ups. With just having Epidurals to ease the Spinal pain and them being 1/2 done I had attitude to being lied on by my Sargent. When I was told to do a job. I am kinda Glad I am out of there. No Supervision just the Sargent larking in shadows waiting to wright me up to make him look good so it seemed. I had to use my own Ins. to go get help for my leg. Now I don’t know if I can get Unemployment due to what they say I did after suitability doing the best I could to keep the Complex and Students as safe that I could.

    1. William,

      UI benefits are offered to claimants who’re able and available for work. Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification. Hope you get well soon!

  4. I have been trying to fill out unemployment application on line, but it will not let me put my social security # in the spaces
    required.

  5. From 1/2018 to 10/2018 I worked for a Merriville-based organization but I live in Illinois. The employer told me I couldn’t claim unemployment from Indiana because of my Illinois residency. Yesterday, I learned that I should have been able to. Can I claim those benefits now? I was unemployed from 10/19/2018 until 8/24/2019.

  6. I am trying to file a new unemployment claim on line and the link says it cant be reached. Are you experiencing any web site problems?

  7. I RECIEVED A”MY DOCUMENT” DATED 8/26/2019-TODAY STATING I DID NOT SEARCH FOR 2 JOBS LAST WEEK…BUT,1- 1/2 DAYS AGO, EARLY SUNDAY MORNING, JUST LIKE I HAVE FOR 9-WEEKS,I DID WHAT THEM SYSTEM TOLD ME TO DO. I FILED MY WEEKLY BENEFITS TELLING Y’ALL THAT ON THURSDAY 8/23/2019 I BEGAN WORKING AGAIN. I TOLD ON MY CLAIMING WEEKLY BENEFIT FORM THAT I ALSO WORKED FRIDAY. I TOLD THE AMOUNT OF MONEY I EARNED PER-HOUR, I TOLD THAT I I worked 16hrs for the week ending 8/24/19,i gave the total amount,and i told i have not got 10 cents of the money yet,and $12.75×16 is not more than $326.00. I just got home to learn payment is being held,once again i’m being punish for an unemployment crime i did’nt commit. Four hours of interviews last week led to me getting hired, that led to 16hrs of work,that was reported within the rules. I did everything right.

    1. Please register with PAcareerlink and attend the RESEA orientation as required and take the necessary documents with you. Then
      begin an active job search. The state wants to see this activity and is done in order to receive your benefit compensation.

      Take care

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