Lawyer's Unemployment Benefits Yanked Over $1 A Day From Blog from Forbes reports that a woman who was earning $405 a week in unemployment benefits had those benefits pulled by New York State after she began earning about a $1 per day with Google AdSense on her blog.
Does writing a blog constitute work? That appears to be the position of the New York State Department of Labor, which recently declared a laid-off attorney ineligible for unemployment benefits because she was bringing in $1.30 a day from blog ads.
The NY DOL felt that the check from Google, which is filed as a 1099, made her someone who was self-employed. So they stopped her unemployment benefits even though she earned a total of $238.75 with Google to date. The DOL will look into this specific case, but has decided to hold payments until they have a chance to do so. Meanwhile, this woman is in very bad financial shape.
WebmasterWorld moderator said:
It would make a lot more sense to simply deduct the amount from their next unemployment check.
If unemployment insurance completely penalizes people for miscellaneous small earnings, instead of making common-sense adjustments, that would create a strong disincentive for benefit recipients to do anything productive.
When did Government make any sense?
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