Thanks in advance for your expertise.
I am receiving unemployment compensation from PA after being laid off from a full time job.
I have been an intern with a research group at a university. After hearing about my lay off, the research director added me to their grant for some part time hours. The research is funded through the CDC and managed by a third party.
I reported my income in my biweekly filing. The Unemployment Commission contacted the third party to verify my employment status. They replied that I am an independent contractor. Because this is a grant funded project, there is no other option for employment status.
I received "Advance notice: This is to notify you that the unemployment compensation benefits you have been receiving may be temporarily or permanently terminated because [agency] reports claimant is an independent contractor." There is a "claimant questionnaire # 0997" attached.
I am just trying to build skills and get hired as a full time employee with the research team through the university. It seems ridiculous that the state would rather I sit at home and do nothing than work part time to try to get a new job.
I expect that I will be judged to be an independent contractor. What does that mean for my benefits? What is my best course of action under these circumstances?
Thanks again for your response.