(Closed) My boyfriend's job is driving me crazy…

posted 5 years ago in Relationships
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@BHB0526:   I was with a guy once who had work like that and it was so frustrating not having a steady income, so I know how you feel.  I’m not sure about this, but has he checked into seeing if during the “off” times he could qualify for some type of unemployment benefit?  It seems there might be a provision for people who have work like that, usually contractors, construction workers, electricians like your SO is, etc.

Another suggestion, on his times off could he do electrician work for people as an independent contractor, on the side? 

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@BHB0526:   Ugh, maybe he could get an additional after hours job so at least he’d always have something to fall back on for income?  I know it’s not a fun thing to go through – hugs.  I wish you all the best.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

@BHB0526:  I’m not familiar with electrician jobs but is it standard in the industry to not get paid time off?  If not, then yeah maybe he can find a job with another company doing the same work where they will be more generous with the benefits. 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

He could try and apply for unemployment every time this happens, but that’s usually only $400 a week.  If that’s doesn’t cover your expenses, then he needs to find another job no matter how much he loves this one.  Sometimes it’s just about survival and not about what you WANT to do.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

It is very common to not get paid time off in the trades. This is one of the reasons they make quite a bit per hour. If he is in a union, he could ask them to verify the unemployoment benefits issue, or look for side work when he knows he will be out. However, the way to really approach it is to build up a cushion, knowing there will be weeks he will be out of work and not get paid. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I don’t really see this as a problem. This is very common for the field he is in. Since he gets paid well why don’t you guys just budget/save for the time he won’t be working. Have so many days worth of pay in savings but plan on using it every year occasions like you stated. I think this could be easily fixed with a good budget!

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@BHB0526:  I work at a staffing agency and I see this a lot. As long as your boyfriend is receiving an actual check (instead of being paid “under the table”) he should be able to draw unemployment. One of the plants my company hires for shuts down for the last two weeks of the year, every year, and the employees file for what is called partial unemployment. Your bf may not be unemployed long term, but if his company “closes” and he doesn’t have the option to work, there’s no reason he shouldn’t be able to draw it for that week. It’s worth a try anyway, right?

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Agreed with PP’s on filing for unemployment for those weeks that he knows he’ll be off. Obviously can’t really do anything when he’s sick but he should be able to file during Isaac and for the upcoming Christmas week. 

My husband works as a construction foreman, and doesn’t get any PTO right now, but when the shop closes for Christmas (or snow) he takes unemployment and if he had a reason to take a week off he’s okayed it with his boss to use it then. 

Besides that can he do side-jobs or is he contracted not to. Get some business cards made and he can hand them out a few places, or place an ad on craigslist. Even if he did a couple on weekends it sounds like it would certainly help! The electrician we’ve hired was doing the same thing for money on the side after his 8-5 job.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@BHB0526:  He can just go to your nearest department of labor or unemployment office and ask to file a partial unemployment claim. “Partial” does not mean he’ll receive a part of what the unemployment pay would normally be, it means it’s only for a short period of time; i.e. he’s not laid off permanentely, only for a week or two.

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@BHB0526:  Yep! In most cases, he would have to wait until the first available day the week after, because the form that we use asks the employee for the week ending date of the week they were off, and how many hours they worked that week. Since most of our companies pay period runs Sunday-Saturday, they’d have to wait until after Saturday to ensure they didn’t get called in at the last minute or something, if that makes sense.

I hope it’s the same in your state, because it’s really a simple process here.

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