I was laid off at the end of January and signed up for unemployment benefits. I've been unable to find work in my own field since then. I got a temporary job with the US Census Bureau which lasted just five weeks, ending last week. Tomorrow I will be certifying my unemployed status again. I'm presuming that my benefits will be based on the original claim. At least that's what I was told.
In the meantime, I've just been diagnosed with breast cancer and have to undergo surgery and follow up treatments. I'm not sure how disabling the whole process will be but doubt I can honestly say that I'm "ready, willing and available for work" while I'm undergoing this. Would I be entitled to short-term disability? My previous employer was based in Connecticut but I live and worked in New York State.
If I am entitled to short-term disability would the benefit rate be based on my temporary job with the census or on my previous job?
Also when someone claims short-term disability how does it affect their unemployment claim? I know one can't claim both at the same time. But I was wondering if the original claim is reinstated after disability finishes and also if it has the effect of extending the number of remaining weeks of unemployment benefits. I would be really upset if the pause in unemployment benefits meant that they used the census job (which paid much less) to reduce the weekly payments.
I know that there are a few question all rolled in here. But I'm in a quandary as to what to do. I really need to ensure that I have some money coming in over the next few months so I can continue to pay rent and health insurance.