My friend was recently laid off from a tech company. She did get severance pay based on number of years she was with the company (about 10 yrs). She is looking for a job but so far has got none. Can she still claim unemployment benefits from state? I read that severance pay is not considered as wages in California so theoretically she can but not sure. Any info? Please advise. Thx.
- SAP bad hombreSeverance and unemployment are two different things. Assuming she is green card or citizen, she can. Not sure about h1
- New crosnerlegalTo my knowledge, unemployment benefits cannot be waived by a settlement or severance agreement. So long as your friend meets the criteria for unemployment benefits, she can apply for them. The three initial requirements to qualify for unemployment insurance benefits are are based on immigrant status, past earnings, most importantly no-fault separation. See here: https://www.crosnerlegal.com/legal-guide/unemployment-benefits/