What will happen if you are collecting unemployment while working?

UPDATED: Aug 12, 2011

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What will happen if you are collecting unemployment while working?

Asked on August 12, 2011 New York


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

First, at a minimum, you will have to repay ALL the unemployment benefits collected while working--plus you may have to pay interest and/or penalties as well, depending on the circumstances.

Second, and again depending on circumstances, you could potentially face criminal penalties, too.

What you have to bear in mind that collecting unemployment compensation while working, except to the limited extent permitted, is potentially fraud. If done knowingly or criminally (rather than just carelessly), that's when it can become criminal.

You can work and collect a limited amount of unemployment, if your work is not full time and/or does not pay over a certain threshold, though you may have the amount of unemployment you can collect reduce. Call the unemployment office or go to their website to see what the rules are and how they apply to you.

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