Brace yourself. The statement I am about to make is bold, original, and earth-shattering. Are you ready? Are you really ready? Okay, sit down, hold on to your socks and pull.
The government is a confusing cluster-hug in the best of times. Right now, with the country being led by an incompetent narcissist spewing out contradictions and outright lies, with millions of Americans filing for unemployment, hundreds of thousands getting COVID-19, and thousands already dead, it is just more clear than normal that the situation is normal: it is all f’ed up.
Original, right? Rich and compelling.
The Wife and I filed for unemployment on Monday. Yesterday, we both received a notice from DC’s Department of Employment Services. Both notices were identical, telling us that there was nothing in our applications that disqualified us (a weird way to word it in the first place) and the amounts we qualified for are zero dollars. WTF!
The reason we were approved for zero dollars? They can’t verify our income from our quasi federal employer, which is another confusing aspect of this.
When we were hired, it was made very clear to us that we were NOT federal employees. Absolutely not. When the federal government shuts down, we keep going because we are not federal employees. However, when it comes time to apply for unemployment, then we are suddenly federal employees and have to file as such. Again, WTF!
Because of this, our sometimes federal employer is not required to file wage disclosures to the DC government. This means when the over 1,000 of us who were laid-off or furloughed filed for unemployment, we were all told we would be getting zero dollars because our wages are not on file. This did not come with an explanation or instructions on what to do to resolve this. Just a “congrats, you get nothing” letter in the mail.
Well, our HR must have received a crap-ton of emails, including from us, because they just sent out an email explaining why we are all getting told we are getting nothing, and that we just have to wait longer. You know, information that would have been good to know days ago, rather than after we all freaked out.
It’s just S.N.A.F.U.