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Can you get unemployment if you are an independent contractor?

Posted by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 11:05 PM
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My boyfriend just got laid off from his company after 2 years and he is an independent contractor. I am pretty sure you can NOT file because of that, but I thought I would ask all you smart ladies. 


We live in Florida. Thanks! 

by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 11:05 PM
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FL2AK
by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 11:06 PM
No because he is his own employer. He would have had to pay into unemployment himself.
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erinsmom1964
by Ruby Member on Sep. 14, 2011 at 11:07 PM

 No when your an independent contractor the "employer" pays no taxes for you so no unemployment has been paid.  :(

jas_momof2
by Silver Member on Sep. 14, 2011 at 11:07 PM

Nope

mama_2_jasper
by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 11:07 PM
Nope
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.mysweetmelissa
by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 11:08 PM
No you can't.
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sweetheart5703
by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 11:09 PM

That sucks. Thanks! 

alwayskk
by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 11:10 PM

Was he paying taxes out of his check?

My ex husband was working for a company but they used an outside company to do their payroll. It's hard to explain, but it was technically a temp agency that did their payroll, so all of the employees were considered contract laborers. But, he paid taxes out of every check, even though he was contractual.

He did qualify for unemployment when he got laid off.

It's not illegal to apply for it, as long as you are truthful. The worst they can do is deny you.

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