Lost Dedicated Route

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Banks's Comment
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Not to argue but the unemployment rules during this "virus paranoia" are very different. The unemployment you draw will not count against the employer and there are many other conditions that allow you to receive it. He will have little trouble meeting the criteria to receive benefits.

In Pennsylvania, the only difference in unemployment is that people normally not eligible (independent contractors, business owners, insufficient work history, etc) are now eligible. Otherwise, the application process is exactly the same and they waived the waiting period. Otherwise, your employer has to verify that your loss of work or hours (for a partial claim) are through no fault of your own.

For partial unemployment you have to be making less than your claim amount plus 30%.

Let's say the OP wants to claim partial unemployment for lost wages. The first thing we'd have to look at would be how much would his unemployment compensation be. Generally speaking, it's half of your gross wages based on previous earnings capped at a certain point.

So if he made 1,000 a week, he would qualify for 500 a week in benefits. If he's still working, they would grant 30% in partial benefits which brings it up to 650. If he makes 500 a week at work, they would pay out 150 dollars. If he makes 400 they would pay out 250 and so on. If he makes 650 or more he's ineligible for that period.

The biggest part to all of this is that the employer has to say it's through no fault of his own, which isn't likely to happen here.

Joseph I.'s Comment
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We will have to agree to disagree. If you have someone home who is in a higher risk group or if you are yourself that is about all you need. As far as an employer not allowing it, in this time where most are trying to get by not many would fight on this since it will cost them nothing.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Banks's Comment
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We will have to agree to disagree. If you have someone home who is in a higher risk group or if you are yourself that is about all you need. As far as an employer not allowing it, in this time where most are trying to get by not many would fight on this since it will cost them nothing.

You cannot connect unemployment (in most states) if you don't work because you're afraid of contracting COVID.

You can if you tested positive, are caring for someone that tested positive or due to lack of childcare for schools being closed. Good luck with that being a truck driver that's gone all the time at the end of the school year.

I can't speak for all employers, but FedEx will dispute unemployment claims that are not eligible. You can stay home if you're worried about contacting the virus and your job will still be there when it's time to come back, but that's voluntary and they're disputing the claim. They have been approving partial claims and the claims for those that have been furloughed.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Delco Dave's Comment
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When someone files for unemployment, I am sent a letter from the unemployment office notifying me of their request. I then either fill out the paperwork or go onto my online account to approve or deny the claim. If I have work available and claimant is not willing to come in, I report claim as denied and file is closed. I highly doubt his employer would approve the claim because the employee doesnt want to work there anymore because he is being moved to a different division.

Another quick point to add here is.... even if he slipped through the cracks or found a loop hole during the temporary regulations during this virus time frame. If he was to be caught collecting while work was made available to him, he would be banned from collecting UE benefits for life.

Again, I am only familiar with PA rules but I’m cant imagine the rules would change all that much from state to state

Brandon B.'s Comment
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I got a lot more miles and a raise with the dedicated account I’m on and home every Saturday leave Monday morning. I have my kids on the weekend so I can’t go back to home time every few weeks. I didn’t know if I could draw until I find another job or had to take what was offered. It’s scary.

Dan67's Comment
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When someone files for unemployment, I am sent a letter from the unemployment office notifying me of their request. I then either fill out the paperwork or go onto my online account to approve or deny the claim. If I have work available and claimant is not willing to come in, I report claim as denied and file is closed. I highly doubt his employer would approve the claim because the employee doesnt want to work there anymore because he is being moved to a different division.

That is not completely accurate. Its not closed and the applicant can appeal the process and it is reviewed with more input from both sides. I recently worked for Cardinal Logistics Management and the center I worked for lost all their contracts but one. They went from over 200 company divers and owner ops to less then 20 company drivers. They refused to lay anyone off and either fired or forced drivers to quit, including me. They denied my claim and I appealed and won. I am now getting full benefits. You have to take notes and record everything you talked to and what was said. Keep good records. But you can do it.

Delco Dave's Comment
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That is not completely accurate. Its not closed and the applicant can appeal the process and it is reviewed with more input from both sides

You are correct! There is an appeals process that is in place to protect workers from bad business practices like you found yourself in. But, for the most part, if work is available, worker quits or worker is fired the business holds all the cards and usually the claim is denied

Delco Dave's Comment
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Hey Brandon!!! Sorry your initial post ended up in a full blown unemployment conversation and not really helping your situation much. Sucks your in this tough spot. Try talking to management, explain your situation, and maybe they can find something that works for you or maybe they will be willing to help you out and lay you off so you can collect.

Auggie69's Comment
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I got a lot more miles and a raise with the dedicated account I’m on and home every Saturday leave Monday morning. I have my kids on the weekend so I can’t go back to home time every few weeks. I didn’t know if I could draw until I find another job or had to take what was offered. It’s scary.

Just APPLY! The worst thing that can happen is they'll reject your claim and you'll be in the same situation.

They'll research you income history and then they'll probably contact you about your reduction in hours unless they can already see it on your paystubs.

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