Now they told me not to come in for a week or two. When I asked if I was being laid off they said no. They just need a week or two to see if they can get the phones ringing again. It's a sales job and the phones have been dead. My question is can they do this to me. If I'm laid off I can get define unemployment I know it's not much but it's better than nothing.
Employment / Labor Attorney
Yes, unless restricted by union contract, an employer can reduce your work hours, assuming they have not done so for unlawful reasons.
You should be eligible for unemployment benefits under its workshare rules. Contact the EDD and explain the situation. Apply as soon as possible.