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The Unlicensed Weed Shop I Worked For Was Closed: Can I Get Unemployment?

I worked for a cannabis store that apparently wasn’t licensed. It was quickly closed without notice and my employer owes me two weeks’ salary. What can I do? Can I collect unemployment?

Good luck! Your chances of collecting back pay from an illegal landlord are about as likely as New Yorkers refraining from making fires outside, thereby ruining what little fresh air there is in the city. And whether or not you can collect unemployment depends on many factors.

Since this was an unlicensed business, the only way to be sure is to try filing and see what they say, stating your situation, how you were paid, for how long, etc.

In the meantime, while I’m sorry for you, I’m not sorry for the rest of us – one less way to impose blight on our city.

Note to smokers: your olfactory assault on us during a walk down the street or in the park is equal to that of dog walkers who think their retractable leashes are meant to be used by everyone. Stop that.

I work remotely with the blessing of my employer. With the warm weather, I enjoy working from the park using my Wi-Fi hotspot. My employer thinks this is unprofessional and sends the wrong message to everyone working from home. Does my employer have the right to tell me which remote location is acceptable for them to do my job?


A freelance woman working on her laptop and smartphone while sitting on a bench
An employee argued with his boss about where it was appropriate to use Zoom. Getty Images

Yes. You cannot work from another state or country without your employer’s permission, as this can create legal and tax liability for the employer if they are not set up to do so.

And while I assume the park you work at is located in the same city, if your employer thinks it sends the wrong message to have you appear on Zoom in a park, where there can certainly be distractions, it has also the right to prohibit this.

Maybe find a compromise: spend part of the day outside, perhaps when you don’t need to make calls. You might pretend that you have a big garden and that it’s really home – even if that’s a lie, and you might end up with more time in the park than you planned.

Gregory Giangrande has over 25 years of experience as a human resources director. Listen to Greg Wed. at 9:35 a.m. on iHeartRadio 710 WOR with Len Berman and Michael Riedel. Email: GoToGreg@NYPost.com. Follow: GoToGreg.com and on Twitter: @GregGiangrande

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