You are receiving $500 per week in Pennsylvania
Unemployment Benefits and have been offered part-time work as an independent
contractor, paying you $200 per week. You understand that if you earn 40%
or less of your weekly Unemployment Benefit rate doing part-time work, your
Unemployment Benefits will not be affected.
You take the job and over the next 3 months, you
faithfully report your $200 per week of earnings to Unemployment. You
continue to receive your $500 per week in Unemployment Benefits.
Suddenly, you are informed that you are disqualified from
future Unemployment Benefits. You are told further that you engaged in fraud,
and must pay back all of the Unemployment Benefits you received over the past 3
months, with penalties.
What on God's Green Earth has happened?
The Unemployment Service Center reviewed your account and
determined that you had not reported earnings over the past 3 months. It
deduced therefore that you had been working as an independent contractor.
It concluded that you engaged in fraud because, although you did report
your earnings, you failed to advise it that you were working as an independent
contractor, an automatically disqualifying event where Unemployment Benefits
Do not be unduly alarmed. Appeal the overpayment
determination promptly, simply stating "I disagree with the
determination." Then, seek out counsel to assist you.
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