Disney, whose film division employs 5,000 people, is preparing to
lay off 200+ people this summer, blaming poor
DVD sales. This isn't the
first time this has happened at
Disney, and it seems that annual layoffs
are becoming a yearly occurrence at
Disney. There were layoffs in 2009 and
450 people lost their jobs at
Disney in 2010. Perhaps one of the worst
parts of this story is that the
particular employees who will lose their
jobs have not been told who they are yet.
The very first thing laid off
Disney employees should do.
The very first thing the laid off
employees should do when they get home is file for
unemployment. This may sound like a no-brainer, but many people are
arriving home that day shell shocked and feel the need to just sit still
for awhile and let the news sink in. However, starting tomorrow morning,
they will most likely not have another source of income. Your expenses are going to continue, and that makes getting your
unemployment benefit as soon as possible very important.
An example of why it is important to file immediately.
The sooner you file for
unemployment compensation the sooner you will have
income coming into your household. In Pennsylvania, for example, there is
a waiting week. That means that there is no compensation to you during the
week in which you first file your claim.
Remember, your “waiting week” is the week you file. Angie Steuben, from
Pennsylvania, was laid off on a Thursday. That evening, she filed online
unemployment benefits. Because he did this, her
eligibility for benefits started on the 4th day after her lay off, rather
than the 11th day. Even though it was Thursday night when she filed, that
entire week was considered her waiting week. The following week was
considered her first week of eligibility and she was paid compensation for
the entire week. If Angie had chosen to wait until after the weekend and
taken some more time to process the news she had just received, she would
have been without income for an additional 7 days.