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Video instructions and help with filling out and completing When 8850 Form Unemployment

Instructions and Help about When 8850 Form Unemployment

Okay, what I'm about to tell you may make the difference between whether your unemployment claim gets accepted or rejected. So, this is very important as you're filling out the claim. I'm giving an example of the state of California, now your state may be different but I think in most cases it'll be similar. The key question in the process of filling out your application is whether you've been laid off or voluntarily quit. Now, if you think about it, this is a very subjective question. And particularly if you haven't quit your job yet, then you can play it to your advantage. If you've already quit your job, and certainly you can try to frame it in the best possible light for your situation. So, let's take an example. A consultant works for a company and he has to travel and he decides he doesn't want to travel anymore. So, he could quit or he could get himself laid off. So, he goes to his employer and he says, "I'm no longer able to travel due to personal reasons." And his employer will come back and say, "Well, travel is part of your job description." And he repeats, "Yes, but I'm unable to travel due to personal reasons." So, they mutually agree that he has to resign. Well, in that case, he's been laid off, he hasn't quit. So, when you get to that question on the form, that's what you select, laid off, as opposed to voluntarily quit. And then you provide an explanation in terminology that's the most favorable for your situation. Now, if you've already quit your job, this may be a little more difficult, but you might as well give it a shot because it is a subjective question and you're just framing your...