Wednesday, May 20, 2009

No benefits for laid-off religious workers

No benefits for laid-off religious workers - "Some people recently laid-off from religious institutions in Virginia said they were shocked to find the state does not offer them unemployment benefits.

Carol Bronson, who was laid off from her secretarial job at Temple Emanuel synagogue in Virginia Beach, said she was told her unemployment claim was denied because the tax exemptions for religious organizations under Virginia law include an exemption from paying unemployment taxes, The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot reported Monday.

'I had no idea that there would not be any benefits for me after leaving my job,' she said."