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Hi Mr.Phillips.

Thank you for taking the time to read and respond to my question.  I understand if it is outside of your expertise, but given your history in HR, I figured you may be able to offer some insight.  

I am a recent college graduate from Arkansas.  I worked steadily all throughout college and left my job as a secretary to move to a different part of the state.  After job searching the last two months, I finally was offered temporary, full-time position with FEMA.  The job is supposed to last anywhere from 60-90 days. I am so excited to have the opportunity to bring home a steady paycheck - but this basically just prolongs my search for permanent employment. My goal is to have another job lined up by the time this one ends, but it took me much, much longer than expected just to find this job.

When this employment ends, if I do not have another job lined up, would I be eligible to receive unemployment benefits? I wasn't sure since the job was temporary in nature.  

Once again, I appreciate you taking the time to read and respond. That is very kind of you.  Have a great day!

- Jessica


Federal employees are entitled to collect unemployment.   Each person's own circumstances dictate the eligibility and amount of income you would collect and of course it is also a factor of the time you work for the government and your amount of wages earned during the required periods.  

Here is some reference info for you to read and start some digging on the topic.  It applies to sequestration,  but in the end a lack of work is the same no matter what so it should apply all the same.

I hope this helps.

Brian Phillips

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Foreign and US university students -*PLEASE*- DO NOT waste your time asking for my opinions, comments or analysis of your homework questions. Homework questions are not answered and are rejected. I am happy to help answer questions asked by employees and employers regarding United States based state and Federal wage and hour, OT, Fair labor standards, FMLA, COBRA, Recruiting, Interviewing techniques, employee manuals, discipline, terminations/quits, unemployment, HRIS rollout, Employee Leasing or Staffing company cost analysis, day to day scenarios, work situations and more. Essentially a well rounded HR generalist who operates Harvis, Inc., a human resource consulting and service business based in Northeastern Pennsylvania "NEPA".


At Harvis, Inc., we provide Human Resource products, services and advice to small businesses that may not have the time or resources to hire a full time HR department. For larger companies with HR managers in place, we compliment their expertise to help with time consuming or time sensitive projects like updating policy manuals, screening and interviewing and more. We make workplaces better by becoming that 1/2 person they need to help handle HR responsibilities on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Formerly responsible for all Human Resource activity for a staffing agency with 2,500 annual employees as well as an employee leasing / PEO business with 1,500 annual employees. Designed and implemented the HR structure to support hundreds of clients in excess of $ 500 million in payroll volume over career in Human Resources.

* President 2006- Harvis Inc. HR Services * President 2010-13 Business Association of the Greater Shickshinny Area - Shickshinny PA * President 2013- ShickshinnyForward Not for Profit Community Long Term Revitalization Organization and former member of varios Chambers of Commerce and HR Taskforce, former President of NBC Business Club 2 years

Bloomsburg University - 1993 BS Marketing, Bloomsburg Pennsylvania and Luzerne County Community College - 1991 Business Administration, Nanticoke Pennsylvania

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* Better than average - 20/10 vision * Bestowed with an occasional "Thank You" from clients and their employees.

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