Previous Employer wants to cut me a check for RETRO pay- RATHER than go to an appeal meeting.
(PA Unemployment Appeal Hearing)
I have an appeal meeting scheduled with a PA unemployment office in 2 weeks. However, my employer has contacted me and asked if they could just pay me in check form... what they would have owed me in the last 2 months that I have been off. I have since found another job and no longer apply for unemployment... however I did apply for unemployment while I was off and looking for NEW employment. I feel my previous employer does not want to go through the ordeal of going to an appeal process or having current employees brought in to testify. Is this a normal practice for employers to do? Is this legal for me to be asked to cancel the appeal meeting... if they in fact pay me a lump sum for me to do so? Once I get this money... is it up to me to pay the appropriate taxes if they do not put it in a pay check form... or is it considered some sort of other form of found monies?
I honestly do not know if that is legal or not and I certainly don't have a clue about any tax issue if it is legal .. I know it shouldn't be wages now and I know I wouldn't accept it until I became aware of the implications and if any could hurt me.
I have a suggestion .. in case you haven't. Fill out the the referral form for PA.
It's free to fill it out and the hearing rep is very, very sharp about PA unemployment statutes.
Reps usually evaluate a case first .. because they do like to win .. and that usually means they have to talk to you first.
Question .. Do you have some kind of other action pending against this employer .. or thinking about one .. because this is kind of a strange thing for an employer to do.
And one more thing .. I'd be a littler jittery about any money coming to me right now .. called "retro pay".
This is what is strange. Why would they call it that .. unless they are going to attempt to show that you received wages for the period you were unemployed .. therefore .. ineligible.
What if this new job were to end .. before you purged any disqualification .. you'd be screwed because you didn't pursue this appeal.