I’ve been furloughed – can my company stop me from taking side work
published 26.07.2020 14:28
It’s certainly understandable and legal for an employer to restrict furloughed employees from working for a competitor because you are still an employee and receiving benefits.
Many people have side hustles even during normal times, provided it isn’t a violation of their primary employer’s policies.
I know that the state’s workers handling unemployment claims are incredibly taxed, but so am I. I am completely out of money, unable to pay rent, and my credit has been hit.
You might try re-applying — there isn’t the same crush of applications now as there was in April — and explain to a new case worker what happened so that you receive the back benefits that you are entitled to.
Many employers are helping laid-off staff with transition services.