Cypress, TX asked in Employment Law for Texas

Q: Will Vacation Payout and Severance affect my Texas unemployment weekly benefit?

I have been on furlough since April and collecting Texas unemployment weekly payment. I was recently layoff in June and was provided a one time lump sum severance package with my yearly accrual vacation time by my employer which was paid out separately. Will this payouts affect my unemployment weekly benefits in Texas?

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Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert

A: The general rule is that you cannot collect unemployment at the same time that you are collecting severance benefits. However, if your severance payment was only a one-time payout, you should only be ineligible for unemployment during the week you received your severance payout. The same will likely be true during the week you received your accrued vacation payout (if these happened on different weeks).

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