Is there a difference between your contract ending but abruptly (no notice, no renewal) vs laid off vs being let go vs getting fired?

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Same outcome, but it’s easier to explain the first 2

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You can apply for UB if you’ve been fired.

I believe contract ending with or without notice qualifies for unemployment...check with your local unemployment government office

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The first situation sounds fishy - like they hired you for a specific set of time and then not following through on the contract. I don’t know, I’m not a lawyer but seems suspect. I was under the assumption an employer couldn’t just cancel a contract without a really good reason (like misconduct on your part). So it’s weird to be “unexpectedly “ fired/let go before the contract time is up.

The second situation sounds like you were hired on a trial, contract basis, and they decided not to continue your employment. Could be because they weren’t happy with you or your work, but could also be bc the company had financial or strategic reasons for not wanting to continue the position. I would suggest that, if this concerns you, next time you are halfway or 2/3 of the way through a contract, talk to your manager about how it’s going, what the possibilities are for extending the contract or getting hired full time, and what you need to do to make that happen.

Or get a full time role to begin with.

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If you have a contract, wouldn’t you know the end date?

Hmm, good question. I just looked. The first company ^ had a start date and "initially 12 weeks" as the end date in the contract I signed. It was a contract to hire role, if that makes any difference. I'm still learning & trying to understand all these different terminology. I was let go after 6 weeks bc the next client I was supposed to do work for took out certain parts of UX in the SOW so I didn't have another project go to into after my first project wrapped up that week. That was my first time taking on a contract role and I had no idea what I was doing or what was happening. Getting let go at that time really hurt me (financially, credit score, no stability while taking care of family, and caused fear that I was let go bc of me).

The second company did have end dates on the offers I signed, but they also had that break period that was fuzzy. The 2nd project did extend for 2 weeks after the end date, but HR never wrote out a new contract for that. I was able to bill for those dates tho. Also a contract to hire role.

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