I was RIF'd on June 20th. I have 45 days to sign my severance agreement. Can I collect unemployment in those 45 days? This is in Florida

In Florida. I was RIF'd on June 20th and have 45 days to sign the severance agreement. If I wait to the 45th day to sign, can I collect unemployment for day 1-44?

2 answers  |  asked Jun 27, 2016 07:55 AM [EST]  |  applies to Florida

Answers (2)

Arthur Schofield
Ms. Towzey is correct in that unemployment compensation is not paid to you for any week during which you receive income, including severance, amounting to more than $275 per week. Your entitlement, however, will be impacted depending on how the severance is paid. For example, in a lump-sum payment you are not eligible for the week you receive payment, but are for the other weeks regardless of the amount received. For severances paid weekly, for each week you receive a payment you are ineligible. Hope this helps.

posted by Arthur Schofield  |  Jun 27, 2016 08:18 AM [EST]
Phyllis Towzey
If you collect unemployment benefits for the 45 days, and then your employer later pays you severance wages for those same days, you would owe the unemployment compensations benefits you received back to the state for any day that was a duplication.

posted by Phyllis Towzey  |  Jun 27, 2016 08:09 AM [EST]

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