Question: I was placed on a performance improvement plan (“PIP”). When I was told the areas of my supposedly poor performance, I wrote up a four-page letter in response. No matter, I still went through the Performance Improvement Plan.

The PIP laid out specific objectives to be accomplished by specified dates. I accomplished each objective, on time, successfully. Even after that, I was told “It just isn’t working out,” and was laid off.

Will I still be able to collect unemployment insurance?

Los Angeles, California

Answer: Like most states, California grants Unemployment Insurance to those who become unemployed due to no fault of their own. “Fault” in these circumstances is usually reserved for bad conduct and grossly poor performance. From the reasons you’ve given, it would seem likely that you will, indeed, be provided Unemployment Insurance.

If I am wrong, and you are not provided Unemployment Insurance, please write back, and share what happened.

Good luck.

Al Sklover

Help Yourself With

PIP 1: Model Response to Receiving a PIP
PIP 2: Model Second Response if Your First Response Does Not Work
PIP 3: 152- Point Step-by-Step Guide and Checklist for a PIP
PIP 4: 3 Memos Seeking Feedback of Clients, Customers, Colleagues for Use in PIP Pushback
PIP 5: Final Memo to Delay PIP Conclusion to Continue Job Search
PIP 6: After Successful PIP Pushback, Suggesting Positive Next Steps

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