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    Default Does a Severance Package Affect Unemployment Benegits

    My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: Washington

    I was recently laid off from a job of 11 years. I got a Severance agreement and General release. The severance amount is one lump sum which will be included in my last check with vacation payout and that sort of thing. Will this impact unemployment benefits at all in Washington State?

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    Default Re: Does a Severance Package Affect Unemployment Benegits

    From https://esd.wa.gov/unemployment/elig...eral-questions

    I added the bolding.


    Q. How does severance pay, pay in lieu of notice or continuation pay affect my benefits?
    A. Severance payments do not usually affect your unemployment benefits. However, pay in lieu of notice or continuation pay with full benefits that are guaranteed can affect your benefits. Report any separation-related payment you receive or are entitled to receive to the claims center.

    Payments are considered severance pay when:

    The payments are not assigned to any period after your date of separation from your employer.
    You are not on call or in any way required to be available to your employer in order to receive these benefits.
    Your fringe benefits do not continue to accrue (vacation, retirement, sick, etc.).
    You accept a new job and it does not affect your severance pay.

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    Default Re: Does a Severance Package Affect Unemployment Benegits

    Racer's google must be broken

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    Default Re: Does a Severance Package Affect Unemployment Benegits

    Google is your friend if you know how to use it. There is a lot of bad info out there.

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    Default Re: Does a Severance Package Affect Unemployment Benegits

    Thanks. My google is working and I did see that specific website.

    It just sounds like it depends. I actually called the unemployment office this morning. The guy I talked to said it depends on the specifics and he was not comfortable answering the question. There is a specialist calling me back today to help me answer the question.

    I was just hoping for some insight prior to the call.

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    Default Re: Does a Severance Package Affect Unemployment Benegits

    I doubt it is your plan to refuse the severance and vacation pay either way. So the smart and least hassle way to handle it is simply report the earnings when you receive them.

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    Default Re: Does a Severance Package Affect Unemployment Benegits

    My state is not yours. In my state it does not affect the amount of benefit available to you but it can (not does - can) affect when you can start to receive them. That might be one way to address the question when you talk to the specialist - whether it will affect when benefits start.

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    Default Re: Does a Severance Package Affect Unemployment Benegits

    Answers on the Washington unemployment site are based on the Washington Administrative Code.
    This question is addressed by WAC 192-190-045.

    Quote Quoting WAC 192-190-045
    Severance pay.

    When payment for your separation from work is assigned to any period before the date of separation, it is considered severance pay. Severance pay is not deductible from benefits.

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