Unemployment compensation after severance expired

I was laid off on 1oth December 2008 and my employer paid 2weeks of severance and 1 weeks of vacation for me in 2 installments. I received my last cheque from the employer on 29the December. I claimed for unemployment on 21st December. They have apporved it and I see the approved payments from the week of 12/20/2008 and two weeks after that. Can I claim the benefits for the week of 12/20/2008 or I should only claim for the weeks after last my severance expires. could you please help me.

1 answer  |  asked Jan 7, 2009 09:24 AM [EST]  |  applies to Ohio

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Neil Klingshirn
Severance benefits will offset unemployment compensation benefits

You should apply for unemployment compensation benefits starting from the time that you are first unemployed. You must wait the first week before receiving any payments. After that, you are eligible for payments so long as you are available for and seeking work.

However, if you receive pay from another source during a week covered by unemployment compensation, including severance pay, the amount of your unemployment compensation benefit is reduced by the amount from the other source.

While the amount may be reduced, perhaps to zero, by the severance pay that you received, I cannot think of a reason not to apply for benefits during those weeks, as it is up to the Department of Jobs and Family Services to decide how much you will receive.

posted by Neil Klingshirn  |  Jan 7, 2009 12:03 PM [EST]

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