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Can a professional in private practice who had a full-time job in addition to
private practice, get unemployment insurance? Or would they have to deduct the
income from their private practice even though they legitimately have money owed
to them from the full-time job employer? Two completely unrelated sources of
income. Private practice preceded getting the full-time job and was maintained
throughout that employment.
Asked on March 28, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, California
SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 3 years ago | Contributor
Being owed money has nothing to do with eligibility for unemployment benefits: eligibility depends on whether and to what extent you are currently working, not on whether or not your employer failed to pay you in the past. (If the employer failed to pay, by the way, the way to get your money is to sue them for it.) All current income, from any employment (e.g. self employed in private practice as well) will be considered in determining eligibility for unemployment benefits.