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New York Severance Pay Follow-Up: Does receiving severance pay disqualify me from being eligible for Unemployment Insurance Benefits in New York State?

above-the-bar-logo-no12We previously wrote a blog about negotiating severance agreements and severance packages. This follow-up post specifically deals with the issue of unemployment insurance benefits and severance agreements.

In New York State, you are generally not disqualified from receiving unemployment insurance benefits if you are at the same time receiving separation related benefits such as severance pay or a severance package. However, if your severance package constitutes receipt of your full salary and exactly the same benefits that you received while you were working with the understanding that the salary and benefits will discontinue if you get a job elsewhere, then you are disqualified from receiving unemployment insurance benefits. Some employers do this to prevent you from double dipping and collecting both a severance package and unemployment insurance benefits, but most severance agreements do not have this provision. Your employer’s payment to you of unused accrued vacation time will not affect your eligibility for unemployment insurance benefits.

It is important you carefully examine any limitations receiving severance pay may place on your right to unemployment benefits. Effectively negotiating your severance agreement could affect your future employment status as well as your financial health. Our attorneys can help you analyze your severance package including your non-compete clause, stock option payments, right to positive reference, as well as any releases or waivers. For example, if you think you might have an employment discrimination lawsuit, one of our New York Severance Contract Lawyers can help you figure out if you have a valid lawsuit before you sign a release or waiver to discrimination claims you might have against the company.

Our New York Severance Pay Attorneys can help you negotiate critical terms such as the duration and manner of your severance pay. Before you sign a severance agreement, contact one of our experienced Severance Agreement Attorneys at (800) 893-9645 to help you read the fine print to make sure you are not limiting your right to unemployment benefits or other important legal options. Meet our Lead Severance Pay Agreement Lawyer.


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