Is what my friend doing stupid or genius?

I got this friend who only works long enough to collect unemployment and then will intentionally slack off to get released and then collects the unemployment.

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  • John
    Lv 5
    5 months ago
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    Its stupid, as he is assuring himself of a life of short jobs, followed by a period of even lower unemployment benefits.

    Note that the answers which say your friend cannot get unemployment are generally incorrect. While his behavior is actually willful misconduct, he disguises it under the ploy of being incompetent. Being fired for being unable to do the job does not disqualify one for unemployment, although some states have a period of disqualification before benefits can begin. If his scheme was uncovered he would be disqualified, but its routine in certain industries for workers to be laid off or discharged repeatedly (especially in construction). He could easily go undetected.

  • Foofa
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    Stupid for two reasons. 1) One can only collect UI if they lose their job "through no fault of their own" and eventually this scam is going to fall through as intentional "slack" IS a fault of his own. 2) He's not continuing enough to Social Security or a retirement fund to be able to age with any hope of survival. He'll likely be homeless in his elder years if he keeps this up.

  • 5 months ago

    Stupid or genius? Well that's depend on what your thought about it.

    He won't get high good paying job when keep jumping from one jobs to another in short period of time. So that's up to friend. If he can make living on minimum wages and get half of it for short time then get back to minimum wages afterwards then good for him.

    Most people doesn't want minimum wages job because it's no fun, hard to live with minimum.

    No company will hire him to place him a good high pay job without prove he did long time with high pay job from previous employers.

    If he can make a live on minimum wages, also can live half of it from unemployment benefits which is very low amounts then that's genius.

    For any workplace, higher the wages, the more careful they choose when hiring employees.

    Even highest unemployment benefits pay out allowances by law aren't that high which most people wouldn't sit around at home waiting till get run out because too many bills.

  • 5 months ago

    Your friend is lying to you because there are laws preventing such abuse of unemployment compensation.

    You see, when someone gets "released", they are getting fired. In which case, former employees do not even qualify for unemployment compensation. So, there is NO WAY your friend can pull such a stunt off to begin with.

    The bigger question is why is your friend lying to you? Maybe they just cannot keep a job and came up with this cockamamie story so you think they have unemployment compensation.

    • Stanley5 months agoReport

      You are mistaken. According to unemployment laws if you get fired for poor performance you can still collect.

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  • 5 months ago

    Your friend is LYING. If he gets himself fired, that is considered FOR CAUSE, and he isn't eligible for unemployment. He MAY be able to fool the system once, but they would catch on by the 3rd attempt.

    • John
      Lv 5
      5 months agoReport

      Hey, STEVEN F: did you check out the citation you defied me to give you hours ago? I proved you were wrong again. Also, you are wrong with this answer. You need to stop making garbage up.

  • 5 months ago

    HE IS JUST LAZY ---

  • 5 months ago

    In the short term, genius but certainly not original. People have been doing this for a long time.

    In the long term stupid because employers become wise to this sort of behavior and stop hiring people like your friend to allow him to continue the scam resulting in a much longer period of no income than planned.

    • Stanley5 months agoReport

      His new employers don't become wise to nothing on account of well constructed lies.

  • 5 months ago

    No he doesn't. If he got fired for not doing his job, he wouldn't eligible for unemployment.

  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    I see no difference between him and the many other people who live off the public dole.

    It's not dishonest. Whether or not he's stupid depends on whatever else he's doing in his life.

  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    That’s not true. You can collect unemployment if laid off. You don’t get to collect unemployment if you are terminated. The employer is not going to approve you receiving unemployment. Or you live in a state where they simply pay you because you filed a claim to receive unemployment.

    • STEVEN F
      Lv 7
      5 months agoReport

      Your scheme is breaking THE major policy.

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