Worked 3 years for a company which closed February 13, 2009. The next day, a new company “temporarily” hired everyone from the old company on, in an effort to get the business that we had at the first company. In April 2009 I still didn’t have a position with this new company. I was told on hiring day (which was a mass hiring of about 50 people) that my salary and benefits would be matched, which is wasn’t. I repeatedly asked for something to do, a job, anything… and nothing. Finally HR told me that I could take a lay off if I wanted and since I had been lied to before by them I asked for the layoff notice in writing, along with something stating that my unemployment benefits would be allowed, etc. So they gave me a letter stating that “Due to economic conditions, my last day would be April 10”. It also said that I am “eligible to apply for unemployment benefits” and that the company “will not dispute my unemployment application”. On my last day, my boss asked me what I was going to do with my time off, and I responded that I might go to school. Fast forward to September 2009, and I receive a letter from the state saying that I quit my job to go to school and that I may owe back all of the unemployment that I have received thus far. I still have the letter from the HR department, and I don’t know the best way to proceed. I don’t want an interruption in my payments. Any advice? Thank you so much in advance!
I have to ask a question. Are you going to school?