Is it legal for employees currently collecting unemployment to come in and work?

I’m often asked by business owners who have recently furloughed or laid off employees, if it’s legal for employees currently collecting unemployment to come in and work?   

The answer is yes.  It is possible for employees to collect unemployment even if they are still working. Unemployment is not an all or nothing thing, it can be partial. 

Here’s the BIG qualifier: as long as the employee works less than 4 days in a week and earns less than $504 in the week, the employee may receive partial unemployment benefits. 

So, for example if you call an employee in to work 1 day this week and they earn $300, they can still collect partial unemployment benefits. If you call them in 2 days this week and they earn $600, they cannot collect unemployment this week because they earned over $504 this week, but they will still collect unemployment the following week. 

So, my advice to you, if you have employees collecting unemployment and you need them to come into work, Call Them In.