Question by cubsfantl: Can you collect California unemployment benefits and work as an independent contractor?
My brother-in-law lost his job, is collecting unemployment benefits, and now wants to sell real estate as it is his only employment option at this point. Can he continue to collect benefits if he sells real estate after he began his claim? He would be an independent contractor and not an employee. Thank you.
Answer by Ryan M
No he cannot do both. There is no difference between being an employee versus an independant contractor. What would prevent ALL independent contractors from working full time AND collecting benefits? If he does do both, he is committing fraud and can/will go to jail for it.
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