Thread regarding Lowe's Cos. layoffs

If I got severance, am I eligible to apply for unemployment?

I’m sure the rules are different depending on one’s location, but there has to be some general principle about this. I figure that getting severance is an internal relation between the company and me and that it doesn't affect my right to claim unemployment.

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In CA and OR, severance pay is just part of your last paycheck like unused vacation. Neither of those states hold back any unemployment benefits because of it. There is always the one week waiting period. You need to apply the first day that you are fully unemployed (the first business day after you are laid off).

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Post ID: @vvd+XI0a1hG

By all means, apply. Rules in every state are different. But you want to get the ball rolling. Your state will determine whether the severance affects how soon you can start actually collecting.

Luckily, in my state, they determined the severance did not affect unemployment, so I technically only had to go through the standard one-week "waiting period" before unemployment kicked in. Unfortunately, though I applied the evening of my last day, the state gave Lowe's until yesterday to respond. Thus, I've yet to actually receive anything. However, when I do, they will back pay me to the beginning, minus the one week. I've already looked, and everything is kosher, thus I'm now only waiting for the direct deposit.

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Post ID: @sei+XI0a1hG

Treat weeks paid as income. No rocket science, then you have no gainful employment you may apply thereafter. It is not a bonus its pay!

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Post ID: @yzt+XI0a1hG

each state would have different guidelines for how much you are eligible for and at what point you become eligible. Didn't lowes include a signed paper for you to give to the unemployment office that states you are eligible (fast tracks the process)? When ASM's were let go in 2017, HR included a signed document to give to the Unemployment office to let them know you were let go due to no fault of your own and fully eligible. In my state you cannot collect unemployment until the severance weeks have passed. so if you got 4 weeks of severance you would be eligible to collect on week 5. i have a hard time believing in any state you cant collect unemployment as you were let go due to no fault of your own/lack of work.

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