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  I worked 13 years for a bank that merged with another bank and they let me go because the new bank had too many employees.  I live in Pennsylvania and am on unemployment.  I have been looking for a job for months and there is nothing.  Through Career Link I was offered a job for 10 days.  If I take that job what happens after it is over?  Can I go back on unemployment or will I be lost without anything.  It is very fearful to think I could be left with no support.  Any advice you can give is appreciated.


No, taking a short term job will not cause you to lose eligibility for unemployment compensation once the term ends.  In fact, if you were to turn down a job offer, it might be a problem unless you have some very good reason to do so.  Go ahead and take the job; you never know when something like that could lead to another offer.

You will of course need to let the agency know when you are working, since you would not be able to collect full benefits and work at the same time.

I hope this is helpful to you.

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Frank C. Magill


I can answer questions about any U.S. labor or employment law question. I cannot answer questions about non-US law. I am not a specialist in employee benefit law (ERISA and HIPAA) or Workers' Compensation law, but will do my best to point questioners toward good resources availabe online. Expertise includes, without limitation, EEO/Affirmative Action/Employment discrimination (Title VII, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Americans With Disabilities Act, GINA, Fair Credit Reporting Act as applied to employment); Fair Labor Standards Act; Texas labor code; Family Medical Leave Act; employee compensation; discipline and dismissal; force reductions, severance pay programs and administration; collective bargaining, union representation, grievances and arbitration, National Labor Relations Act and National Labor Relations Board; employee handbooks; staffing; dispute resolution outside of traditional labor agreements; employee communications; employment policies and compliance programs; codes of ethics; employment or labor litigation.


30+ years experience as corporate counsel for a Fortune 100 telecom company, specializing in labor and employment law issues. In addition to providing day-to-day advice to my company's internal HR leadership and staff, I've represented the company in numerous labor arbitration cases and at the bargaining table.

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J.D. 1979, Harvard Law School. B.A., Summa Cum Laude, 1976, Illinois Wesleyan University.

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