Can I collect unemployment?

| Nov 25, 2014 | Firm News

Your eligibility for unemployment benefits varies from state to state and depends upon the following general criteria:

  • The number of weeks that you have worked
  • The reasons for separation; and
  • Whether your employer challenges your benefits.

The poor economy has placed a huge burden upon the states’ unemployment compensation funds. As a result, it is likely that your unemployment benefits may be initially denied if your employer opposes to your application for benefits. While this means that initially, you will be denied benefits, you will still have the ability to appeal that decision. Pay close attention to the appeal timelines as you have a very short period to file your appeal and question the initial denial of benefits.As a general rule, you are entitled to receive benefits if you were laid off from a job. If you were fired because of a performance issue, you should still be able to receive benefits unless the employer is able to prove that you showed a willful and repeated disregard for the employer’s rules and policies. Routinely returning late from lunch or being warned about violating a particular policy more than two or three times will likely result in your termination and denial of unemployment compensation benefits.The Hamilton Law firm are Doylestown lawyers ready to help you with your unemployment compensation. Our attorneys will help you know your unemployment compensation rights.

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