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Changes to Unemployment Insurance Take Effect Oct. 1

Last updated on Thursday, September 29, 2011

(INDIANAPOLIS) - Hoosiers receiving unemployment insurance will notice changes to eligibility requirements beginning October 1, 2011. These new rules are part of a law passed by the General Assembly making several changes to unemployment insurance over the next year.

"This is a part of an overall push to make the system fair for employers and the unemployed alike," said Mark W. Everson, Commissioner of the Department of Workforce Development. "These provisions continue our efforts to close eligibility loopholes."

The following changes take effect beginning October 1:

Employees who accept payment in exchange for voluntarily resigning or retiring are no longer eligible for unemployment insurance.

Severance pay for all individuals will be deducted from unemployment insurance benefits.
For example: If you receive 8 weeks of severance pay, you will not be eligible
for unemployment insurance benefits until week 9.

More information about unemployment insurance is available in the claimant handbook, located at http://www.in.gov/dwd/files/Claimant_Handbook.pdf.

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