"Temporary" layoff and severance

5 of 6 (not the manager) salary employees were layed off after being given 2 weeks verbal notice. I have a contract with the company that requires 90 days written notice or payment in lieu of. There is a "just cause" clause that would void the 90 days. The layoff was billed as a temporary layoff with employees being called back in 2-3 months, depending on their skill set. A "Don't call us, we'll call you" verbal policy was announced. I have had several verbal disagreements with the manager and do not feel that she will ever call me back up. I was not asked to return my key, but we were told that the locks were going to be changed. Am I entitled to write a letter asking for my 90 days? I already filed for unemployment in MD, will that be a problem?

1 answer  |  asked Jan 18, 2005 3:22 PM [EST]  |  applies to Maryland

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Mary T. Keating
"Temporary" layoff

If your job was eliminated (and on these facts it looks like you can argue that), you can collect both unemployment and severance pay, so long as you are not receiving during your severance period your full range of salary and benefits. Because most people don't get life insurance and certain other benefits during the term of severance, that condition is usually fulfilled. Good luck to you, call me if you need more information.

posted by Mary T. Keating  |  Jan 19, 2005 08:33 AM [EST]

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