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What should I do when staff ask to be released to collect unemployment?



What should I do when staff ask to be released to collect unemployment?

I run a small business and don’t plan to lay off my staff, but one of my employees asks to be released so he can get more from the aid package than I pay for it, so I did. Now that I was allowed to reopen, he told me that he did not want to return until the benefits were exhausted. I do not want to bring it back at all. And because he refused the offer to get his job back, is he still entitled to collect unemployment?
There are no good deeds that aren’t punished! However, this is unusual – some people choose not to look for work until their benefits are exhausted because they earn more than when they worked. And, people never know what financial pressures a person might face – extra income, even if only temporary, can be more important for someone than returning to work in long-term work that pays less. That is their decision, and that does not mean you have to leave their work open to them. If you do offer to re-employ this person and he refuses, well, he puts his eligibility for unemployment at risk if you tell the Labor Department.

I was laid off and my last day on the payroll would be August 31, but my last day of work was actually May 31. Which date did I place my resume as my last day?
The date that the company listed as the date of termination of your employment is the date that you must use so that there is no difference when the new employer does a reference or background check. The departure date and the salary continuation date for severance pay purposes are usually different, unless there is a negotiation in which the company will use a future date as the date of termination of employment and not the last date of employment. It is very beneficial for you to use August 31, because it generally looks better to find a job when you have a job, and to negotiate leverage with prospective employers. Just confirm with your boss which date they will use and get it in writing.

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Gregory Giangrande has more than 25 years of experience as chief executive of human resources. Send your questions via email to [email protected]. Follow Greg on Twitter: @greggiangrande and at, is dedicated to helping New Yorkers get back to work.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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