Thread regarding Noble Energy Inc. layoffs

Unemployment

I have called Noble HR as well as the unemployment office and have gotten no answers. So I must ask how long are people waiting to start collecting unemployment and will the severance impact unemployment benefits?

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Post ID: @EvjOYJr

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Received my letter today from the Pa. UC office. They will offset my benefits with my severance. So I received $, not $$$, the government took 38% and the state has offset the biweekly benefits by the GROSS severance amount. {{yay}}

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Post ID: @EvjOYJr-funb

The April separation agreement and severance did not postpone benefits in Texas. TWC reviewed the agreement, and I started drawing benefits in May. They said company policy provided for severance and I earned it while on the payroll. Same with unused vacation. In Michigan, you can't get unemployment for the week severance is paid out but payments can start back the next week. Those are the only states I know about. It sounds like Colorado's laws are a lot harder on layed off employees.

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Post ID: @EvjOYJr-94JC

I just started collecting my benefits after the April layoff! Your severance and any vacation pay defers your unemployment benefits. Apply now, because the process is complicated.

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Post ID: @EvjOYJr-9lNr

You all must be great at sucking the d*ck. More power to you, however you get it done.

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Post ID: @EvjOYJr-32jC

A family member just retired from a super major. My pay is more than theirs. I guess it depends on where you work. Job classification and amount of bloat in your department.

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Post ID: @EvjOYJr-37bh

Noble doesn't pay as well as most large independents. Just ask our new brothers and sisters from Rosetta!

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Post ID: @EvjOYJr-3Bxy

Anonymous 203954.... That is NOT true.. get serious!!

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Post ID: @EvjOYJr-2Z3n

We all do, or more. Noble pays their employees better than majors.

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Post ID: @EvjOYJr-2n4y

HOly crap. you were making 2000/week.

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Post ID: @EvjOYJr-2e6c

In CO, the severance and vacation pay does directly impact when you are eligible for benefits. It took approximately 30 days for the determination to be made so there isn't a huge rush to apply.

Here is the text from the determination letter I received to show how they did the calculation.

YOUR FORMER EMPLOYER (SEE ABOVE) PAID YOU EXTRA MONEY BECAUSE YOU NO LONGER WORK THERE. THE MONEY WAS NOT WAGES. DETAILS ARE BELOW.

BY LAW, WE MUST HOLD (POSTPONE) YOUR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS. WE DIVIDE THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY YOU RECEIVED BY YOUR AVERAGE WEEKLY WAGE. THIS TELLS US

HOW MANY WEEKS THE PAYMENT EQUALS. WE HOLD WHOLE WEEKS ONLY. YOU CAN NOT BE PAID BENEFITS FROM 04/05/15 THROUGH 08/29/15.

YOU RECEIVED $8,025.01 IN UNUSED-VACATION PAY ON 2015-04-09 AND $36,935.58 IN SEVERANCE PAY ON 2015-05-01 FROM YOUR FORMER EMPLOYER. YOUR AVERAGE WEEKLY WAGE WAS $2,057.69. WE DIVIDED THE TOTAL OF THESE PAYMENTS OF $44,960.59 BY

YOUR AVERAGE WEEKLY WAGE AND GOT 21.850 WEEKS. YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS FOR TWENTY-ONE WEEKS FROM 2015-04-05 THROUGH 2015-08-29.

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Post ID: @EvjOYJr-1MPu

Just a little bit of advice, if you do not get a response from HR. Email your HR representative(s) from your district, and CC Lee Robison (Corporate) from Houston, I can guarantee you'll get a response! Good luck!

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Post ID: @EvjOYJr-1fBs

Noble's HR organization is symptomatic of the entire company. Amateurish.. unprofessional.

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Post ID: @EvjOYJr-106g

Ahahaha That is very true!

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Post ID: @EvjOYJr-7sf

I had a similar question - thank you for this board, it's very informative. I guess layoffs.com is more useful than Noble HR

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Post ID: @EvjOYJr-n3N

Agree with 202148. Was part of April layoff and the state does take into account any prorated bonus and unused vacation in its determination on when your benefits start.

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Post ID: @EvjOYJr-i3n

Payment for prorated bonus and unused vacation should NOT affect your ability to collect unemployment benefits. Severance payments made under a company policy will USUALLY not affect ability to collect unemployment benefits. If the company designates that severance benefits are made in lieu of WARN notice, then unemployment benefits may be delayed for up to 60 days.

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Post ID: @EvjOYJr-sXo

File today. If you sign an agreement that severance was paid in lieu of notice, then benefits may be delayed 60 days. The April agreement did not say that severance was in lieu of notice and people collected beginning the first full week they were unemployed.

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Post ID: @EvjOYJr-hJr

You can file for unemployment but you won't receive any money until after you severance runs out. In other words if you were paid for 12 weeks then they consider you employed during that time. Plus any bonus and unused vacation. They are hoping you find a job in those 12+ weeks. You can get all the paperwork done ... just can't collect benefits.

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