My last check included vacation time and personal time owed to me, the 2 weeks of severance pay I was promised was not included in that check, and I have been trying to get that money from my previous employer. In the meantime when I applied for benefits when asked if I have received compensation, I checked yes and listed the amount as asked. Well, Unemployment (I live in the State of Florida), denied one whole month of benefits because of this. I was sent a letter stating I could appeal but because of a friend’s advise I did not and took it as a loss. I just learned that my former employer will be making good and send me what they forgot to include on my last check and pay me for the 2 weeks severance pay promised, but now I am afraid to be denied benefits for one more month because of it. I am not sure what to do. Be honest and state I received this check when it arrives or say nothing; as this amount was supposed to have been originally included in my last check. To makes matter worse, the insurance has applied a the $3,500 deductible on a medical procedure I had done one month after laid off, so I really need the money.
There is only one way to approach this and that is to contact the FL unemployment department.
And remember in the future that any money received only need be reported to unemployment in the week it is received or earned.
Explain to UI that although you believed the employer would be sending the severance in the week you reported it for .. they did not and that you have just learned you be receiving it ..
Personally, I don’t think it would cause too much of a problem except if it’s coming in a different quarter which might someday become part of a different claim and base period .. It would likely raise a flag .. and it’s at that point not reporting and straightening this out now .. may at first glance appear to be intentional fraud.
So, the only way I know of to avoid that (which I wish on no one) is to go out in front and get a handle on your initial mistake .. which was to report the severance in a week before you ever received the check.
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