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Pennsylvania Unemployment Law: Taking Part-Time Work as an Independent Contractor

You are receiving $500 per week in Pennsylvania Unemployment Benefits and have been offered part-time work as an independent contractor, paying you $200 per week. You understand that if you earn 40% or less of your weekly Unemployment Benefit rate doing part-time work, your Unemployment Benefits...

Are Factual Findings Made in Unemployment Benefits Hearings Binding on the New York State Courts?

In wrongful termination lawsuits, the courts of the State of New York, and federal courts applying New York law, do not preclude either employers or workers from relitigating issues of fact or law decided adversely to them in unemployment insurance benefits hearings. See N.Y. Labor Law § 623(2)...

Workplace Threats? Kiss Your Job and Your Unemployment Compensation Goodbye

In Zuraski v. UCBR [ an enhanced version of this opinion is available to lexis.com subscribers ], the employer terminated an employee after he was heard saying that his supervisors "don't deserve to live" and "I'm going to come into this place and spray it with bullets." This...

Opening a Door? Michigan's Medical Marijuana Law And Unemployment Benefits

In Braska v. Challenge Manufacturing Co., the Michigan court of appeals considered consolidated appeals concerning whether an employee who, after using medical marijuana in accordance with Michigan's statute and who was discharged after testing positive on a drug test at work, could be denied unemployment...

How Do Pension Payments Affect Unemployment Compensation?

The bad news is that you were involuntarily terminated from your job through no fault of your own. But, the good news is that you're probably eligible for unemployment compensation benefits. Better yet, you're also eligible for a pension plan. But wait! Do the pension payments impact your UC...

Should an Employer Fight Unemployment? The Debate Continues . . .

You may remember that I stirred up some contentiousness a few weeks ago when I suggested that employers should not challenge unemployment claims except in the worst cases . So I hate to bring it up again (not really — I like debates in the comments!), but I received a very good question from an...

I Want to Quit My Job, Get a Severance and Be Eligible for Pennsylvania Unemployment Benefits

I Am Being Bullied at Work by a Co-Worker and Neither HR or Management Have Effectively Addressed My Complaint Every week, I am contacted by 2-3 people who want to know if they can quit their job and get unemployment benefits. The most common reason, by far, that people want to quit their job is the...