My work slowed down and I have a bunch of projects around the house to do. So I asked my boss for a leave of absence. He was thrilled because no sense in paying salary to a guy to sit in his office and post on talk bass. Anyhow they my boss switched me over to hourly since I do a few things here and there like answer e-mails and occasionally go to the office to help them out. Well I thought that I was going to be away from the office for a month possibly two months at most. Now it looks more like 3, 4, 5 or more. Therefore should I ask my boss to lay me off so that I can collect unemployment? We would have an agreement that I would be hired back when work picks up. They like my work and really need me....but they are slow.