Disney set to lay off employees.

Disney set to lay off employeesJune 10, 2011 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
Disney 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 for Pennsylvania 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.

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