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Part-time work and unemployment benefits

This morning's paper offers suggestions for the long-term unemployed now that Congress hasn't passed extensions for unemployment benefits or a subsidy to help pay for health insurance.

Reader Gary D. passed on this helpful comment:

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"You may want to inform your readers that if you are now collecting Unemployment Benefits and have been collecting them for more than 6 months, unemployed workers can accept Part Time work and still collect reduced Benefits through Maryland's Unemployment Law that was passed last year in 2009.

"The new Law states that an Unemployed person who is receiving MD Unemployment Benefits through the EEOC Program which is the Federal Unemployment Extention for up to 49 weeks or beyond the initial 26 weeks through the State of MD, is entitled to receive Part Time reduced benefits if they accept Part Time work and the Employer can verify that they were hired for a Part Time position with the Maryland Dept. of Labor Licensing and Regulation.

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"The person calls the MD Unemployment Claims Office and files a claim for Part Time Benefits and files every 2 weeks through via telephone or webcert using the Internet. When the Claimant files for the weeks they claim benefits, there is a section that says "Did you work or earn any money whether or not you were paid ?", the Claimant then informs or types into the box how much total Gross Earnings before taxes they earned for the weeks they are filing for.

"But there is a catch, if you earn more than $385 a week and report any amount over $385, the DLLR or Unemployment Office will not pay any benefits because you are considered working Full Time. When this happens the Claimant has to "Refile or Reopen" their benefits again by calling the MD Unemployment Office and refiling another claim.

"When this happens the MD Unemployment Office has to call the Employer again to "verify" that the information is correct and you are working Part Time again.

"I just wanted to pass his information on to you so your readers can have some other alternatives to accepting work and getting help in finding a job. Any job is better than no job. I had to accept Part Time work and it may not be the best job, but it is a job and it helps with finding something better and at the same time I can collect some partial benefits along the way."

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