I should have specified...I was reaching out to NY & NJ Nesties...Sorry! I actually htought I was only posting to the South Jersey board. I was laid off, received serverance and I was entitled to UI. It is good advice for NJ & NY because I have seen several posts questioning the UI. Here is the proof:
Q. Should I wait until my severance pay ends to file a claim?
A. No, because some severance/separation payments do not extend employment. You should file your claim after you stop working full-time. Payments that do not extend employment include severance payments based on years of service with an employer. However, salary continuation through termination and payments in Lieu of Notice, do extend employment. When you file your claim by telephone, the agent will review all separation payments with you before the claim filing process is completed. If you file your claim via the Internet, and it appears that your payment for periods after your last date of work may affect your unemployment benefits, you will be scheduled for an interview with a claims examiner.
Q: Does receiving separation-related payments, such as severance pay or vacation pay, affect my benefits?
A: Generally, a claimant is eligible for unemployment insurance benefits while receiving separation-related payments. However, an individual will not be eligible for benefits if he or she continues to receive the full salary and exactly the same benefits that he or she received while working, with the understanding that the salary and benefits will stop if he or she becomes employed elsewhere. The employer’s payment of unused vacation accruals normally does not affect an individual’s eligibility for benefits.