Count the hours of work the same way the client's employer counts them. When a client first starts a job, confirm the number of hours they expect to work at the same time you confirm expected earnings.
When the client's paystubs show hours, compute a weekly average from the number of hours shown on the paystubs. If hours are not shown on the paystubs, accept the client's statement of hours worked, as long as reported earnings support it.
Tell self-employed clients to keep a log of hours worked to support their statement. The log should be submitted with the EI REDE application. If the client's earnings do not support their claim of hours worked, request additional verification, such as statements from persons for whom the client has provided services or to whom they have sold products.
Use the number of hours reported on the EI REDE application, unless the client states they expect the number of hours to change. If they expect a change, use the number of hours they expect to work.
When the client reports a change in their hours, update the number of work hours recorded in the system.
Weekly hours are totaled for the types of work with an amount greater than zero earned by the adults in the case. The total hours are used to decide whether or not to count the month.
Calculating Hours for Self-Employment
To determine the number of hours to count for self-employment, divide the number of hours worked, by the current federal minimum wage.
Exception: Count the actual hours worked if the person is a child care provider who is paid at or near to the Department's child care rate.