1) What can I expect from a Waiver of an Unemployment Overpayment due to financial hardship?
2) How long can this process take?
3) Is there anyway to expedite the process?
4) Why is it such a secret to the public?
Background for my Unemployment case:
In 8/2008 I filled out the paperwork and qualified for Extended Benefits and I started receiving those benefits. The amount, if needed, was $10,700 that could run to the middle of 1/2009.
I collected on that claim until it abruptly ended in 12/2008 at $9,100. I received a mailing requesting that I pay back the full amount.
I immediately filed for an appeal. That appeal fell by the wayside because after all my efforts to get some information, there was no way I could get it.
In 8/2011 I filed for, and was approved for, a new regular unemployment claim. However, I never received one penny from unemployment because all that money went to pay back the overpayment.
I immediately called the Appeal Tribunal office and they advised me to file a new appeal, which I did.
It took close to 5 months to finally have a phone hearing where all they wanted was the information I could not get them the first time. That appeal is now closed without prejudice and can be reopened within 180 days.
Meanwhile I exhausted my entire new regular unemployment claim, with all of the money going to the overpayment. Actually, I still owe a little over $400.
Please note that the person doing the phone hearing while sharing with her my current financial problems, she “strongly hinted” that I should call the Benefit Payment Control Dept. and that they may be able to help out.
That same day I found out about a possible dismissal/waiver of the overpayment due to financial hardship.
I called the Benefit Payment Control dept. and spoke to a supervisor. The supervisor told me that there was no such thing as a full waiver/dismissal due to financial hardship that the only waiver they have is to work out smaller monthly payments on the full amount owed. Liar, Liar.
I called the Governors office and they immediately put me through to the LWD Commissioner’s Office. During my conversation with someone there I was asking a question about my appeal and mentioned a waiver. She said I was just going to ask you about that. I then told her what the supervisor at Benefit Payment Control told me and she just got quiet.
Anyway they are mailing me the paperwork for the waiver.
I just want to make sure I am on the right track.
Thank you for answering the questions I have listed above!