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I was given a severance package that gives me about 37 weeks of pay. Can i get unemployment on top of this?

unemployed_personQ) After 19 years i was let go because of company cutbacks. I was given a severance package that gives me about 37 weeks of pay (2 weeks for each year of service). Can i get unemployment on top of this (in Ohio) or can i get any additional weeks of coverage after my severance runs out?

A) In some states, salary continuation payments are treated as income for purposes of unemployment compensation benefits. So, if your payments are equal to or more than your pre-layoff salary or wages, you may be ineligible for benefits while you are receiving severance. Please visit your state local unemployment office and speak with a counselor regarding any possible unemployment insurance benefits available to you.

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  1. If you are seeking unemployment insurance benefits because you were fired you may not qualify if you were found to be at fault. You must be out of work through no fault of your own. Workers who are laid off for economic reasons due to a plant closing, a reduction-in-force (RIF), or because of lack of work, for example are eligible for unemployment benefits. But employees who are fired are not always eligible for unemployment benefits if it was due to a fault on their part. If you can prove that you were fired for no foult of your own you my qualify for unemployment insurance benefit.

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