I am a college instructor and generally collect unemployment during summer break from school. I'm not generally eligible for unemployment during the winter because the break isn't long enough so I was thinking about driving for Uber. But I don't want to make myself in eligible for unemployment in the summer. Could that happen simply because I'm signed up with them as a driver even if I'm not driving for them at the time?
This is something you should really discuss with your local EDD office.
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Unemployment insurance is for those people who are out of work and actively looking for work. If you have the ability to earn money and you are not taking advantage of that opportunity, it may well affect your right to receive unemployment insurance benefits.
Good luck to you.
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You are required to look for work during periods of unemployment in order to be eligible for benefits. If you falsely claim that you are looking for work when you are not, you are committing fraud against the government and there can be severe sanctions for that.
Generally, a person claiming unemployment benefits (a “claimant”) is eligible for benefits if ALL of the following is true: he or she is (1) unemployed due to no fault of his or her own; (2) physically able to work; (3) actively seeking work; (4) ready to accept work immediately; (5) has received enough wages during the base period to establish a claim; and (6) meets eligibility requirements each week benefits are claimed. An overview of these requirements can be found on the web site of the California Employment Development Department (EDD) http://www.edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/Eligibility.htm.
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