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Am I Entitled to Unemployment in Pennsylvania if I Accept a Voluntary Lay-Off?

My Employer Said it Would Not Contest My Pennsylvania Unemployment Claim; What Does That Mean? I receive many phone calls from employees who accepted a voluntary lay-off ("reduction in force" or "RIF") with a promise from their employer that it "would not contest unemployment...

Follow-the-Spouse to Unemployment Compensation

A recent Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania case, Pa. Gaming Control Bd. v. UCBR , 927 C.D. 2011, 2012 WL 1860807 (Pa. Commw. Ct. May 23, 2012), provided a nice overview of the "follow-the-spouse" doctrine in Pennsylvania unemployment compensation law. It also included a little bit of a twist...

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...

Employee or Independent Contractor? Unemployment Compensation Edition

Yesterday, we reviewed the Third Circuit's classification test for employees under the FLSA . Next up: Pennsylvania's test for purposes of Unemployment Compensation. When does this come into play? Well, claimants are generally not entitled to UC benefits if they get fired from an independent...

It's Time to Revamp Florida's Unemployment System

In an excellent piece by Marcia Heroux-Pounds of the Sun-Sentinel, the severe deficiencies of Florida's unemployment system are exposed. Bottom line is that our lovely governor and his friends in the legislature have made it almost impossible for people who have lost their jobs to collect unemployment...