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I was laid off after almost 22 years off employment from Land Air Express of NE .. They didn't comply with DOT and were shut down for a bit causing them to downsize considerably. I worked until 1/7/16 (the day we were told to sign up for unemployment as they couldn't make payroll). I earned my vacation time the prior year - they won't pay - stating they can change the "employee handbook" whenever they want - however, we haven't seen a handbook in YEARS.
Also, I've been paying for life insurance for many many many years.. from $20/week to $11/week.. but I want to cash it in but no one has ever issued a policy. No statements. And the HR person will not respond, nor will the benefit admins. I need the name of the insurance company, policy number, etc, so I can cash it in. What do I do?
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Thank you for the information and you question. In NH, if an employer offers paid vacation, then any unused accrued leave is considered part of wages due upon termination of the employment relationship. In addition, the employer must always provide a written notice of the policies in regards ***** ***** The relevant statutes are: NH Rev. Stat. Sec. 275:43 and NH Rev. Stat. Sec. 275:49

You can either file a wage claim with the NH DOL, which you can find here: http://www.nh.gov/labor/forms/wage-claim.htm or file suit in small claims court.

As for the insurance issue, if your employer will not provide the information you need, you can file a complaint with the Employee Benefits Security Administration, which is the division of the U.S. DOL that enforces ERISA, the Federal law that governs these types of employee benefits. The other option would be to file suit, but that would be expensive.

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