Total and Partial Unemployment TPU 460.37 - Fact Finding Guide
In Lieu of Notice Pay
For the payment to be considered wages, employees must have a right to advance notice in the event of discharge, or are entitled to payment in the event no notice is given.
- What is the basis for the payment?
- Are the payments made in accordance with the requirements of the WARN ACT? If yes, what period are the payments allocated to?
- If allocated prior to December 30, 2001, the payments are wages for unemployment insurance purposes.
- If allocated on or after December 30, 2001, the payments are not wages for unemployment insurance purposes.
- Is the payment made pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement? A written or clearly established policy?
- What is the agreement or policy?
- How many weeks does the payment relate to?
- Is the employer obligated to make the payment?
- Does the claimant have a right to the payment?
- Has the employer adhered to his practice and policy of making payment?
- Did the employer give advance notice of termination? If so, did the employee work through the notice period?
- If the employee did receive notice and worked through the notice period and the employer still paid the in-lieu-of-notice pay or (WARN ACT pay allocated prior to December 30, 2001) the payment would not constitute in-lieu-of-notice pay. The payment may be severance pay or "wages."
- Refer to TPU 460.35 for discussion of severance pay and to TPU 460.39 for discussion of "wages."