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Welcome to Unemployment-Tips.com.  Whether you are still employed, or recently unemployed, there is no better time to learn how to collect unemployment benefits than right now.

The process of collecting unemployment benefits can be confusing and frustrating especially, for those who quit, or get fired from a because proving good cause is the burden the moving party must meet. 

But that's why my hindsight of unemployment may be useful if you're trying to evaluate the merits and weaknesses of your appeal for benefits, or an employer's .. to stop benefits

After all, collecting unemployment is about where the blame lands last and whatever happened to end your last job is open to being interpreted by a state unemployment law.

It's time all those who work at will for a living meet unemployment's burdens of proving fault for moving first..

Meeting Unemployment's Burden of Good Cause  

There is always going to be a need for you, or your employer to meet the burden of unemployment law to get, or deny benefits  

However, there is a huge difference between how a business may tell their "story of the events" leading up to the burden to quit, or the burden to discharge

I could at this point leave it up to you to decide whose story most often bubbles to the top to also become the most credible facts of the case .. but why, when the charts, obtained from the employment and training administration, can prove the point.

Live, But Why Not Learn How Unemployment Benefits Really Work .. In Case You Need Them

Free Questions and Answers About Collecting Unemployment

The Unemployment Questions and Answers About Applying the Burden for Your Own Benefit  

Now that you have a better idea about a burden  .. and why it is assigned to the  moving party meet the burden of proving good cause to move, it's time to see there's such a thing as an unemployment appeal argument to disagree with the claim gatekeeper's initial determinations.

Not to mention there are even more ways to fail at proving stuff .. because they don't call it a burden for no damned good reason.

Each individual unemployment claim for benefits requires the employer be notified and respond to your claim you lost your job through no fault of your own .. so those asking if the employer is told what you said on your benefit application .. a big duh to you.

But there is nothing like disagreeing with someone, or something to find out just how skilled you are at confronting the actual issue of law on an unemployment hearing notice.

Read the full disclaimer here:  Unemployment-Tips.com provides only information with the perpetual hope it may be potentially educational for those looking to find alternative advantages to the disadvantage of ignorance which denies benefits that might otherwise be yours.

How Do Employees Lose Jobs Through No Fault of Their Own And Not Collect Unemployment?

A state unemployment website might explain to you that unemployment appeal hearings are informal.  But informal does not mean that all first level appeal hearings aren't still quasi-legal proceedings of a state administrative law agency.

You can report your experience to Unemployment-Tips.com if you think you were given an impartial shake at your first hearing.  

Yet it's often too late and a lot more speculative as to whether even an unemployment expert can undo any damage made on the record of the hearing to support a valid appeal to a board of review.

Click here to find professional unemployment/employment services  - the earlier, the better.  

Expert representation is a highly underused service by claimants that has been shown to generally double the odds of winning a winnable case on it's own merits .. focused on the burden of course.

Let the DIY Unemployment Question Party .. Begin.

You need to know what the basics standard of law is a preponderance.  And a moving party must meet that burden to sustain GOOD cause to of been the moving party. 

I hate to break it to you, but unemployment appeals are not only a favorite, but a sound, quasi-legal maneuver a company I used to work for used all the time. 

Appealing an fighting unemployment benefits at a hearing was the name of the game I played and frequently, whether I could see the merits to justify an appeal, or not.

You could save your appeal rights also and  file an unemployment appeal using this generic letter 

Then take the time to investigate whether you actually lost your job through no fault of your own ..

And then of course, how it might be proven to show your former employer was actually at fault.

Good Cause to Collect
Unemployment Benefits 

Getting fired or being terminated from a job, should mean you're willing to explore the discharge from a perspective often not natural for an employee.  

It's a former employer who is required to meet an initial burden that relates the cause for firing you to a legal concept of work misconduct, but only when/if you file a claim for benefits.

Otherwise, a boss  doesn't need a good reason to fire an at-will employee, if they don't mind getting benefits is always contingent upon them being able to prove work misconduct.  Read more about getting fire and unemployment benefits

Good cause to quit a job on the other hand doesn't have a specific definition that spells out bad employer behavior justifying an employee to sever the at-will employment relationship with good cause  to collect unemployment.

But there are a few guidelines that can  help us wrap our head around what a good burden of proof might contain to receive unemployment benefits after quitting a job.  Read more about good cause to quit a job.

Avoiding the Tell-All Unemployment Appeal

An unemployment appeal is a letter - sometimes just a form - which signals your intent to disagree with a claim determination, or a hearing decision. 

What an appeal is not, is another chance to pour your heart out and just hope for the best. Read more about unemployment appeals and hearings.

Unemployment Questions and Answers

Questions about collecting unemployment benefits often ignore the basic burden that still has to be sustained in the event it comes down to a first level unemployment hearing. 

I answered thousands. before I started to categorize them under the basic burdens and issues below.

Can You Collect Unemployment If You Quit a Job?

Of course you can.  I know this because the possibility is included in all state employment security act (another name for unemployment laws) and I wasn't shy about reiterating why most who quit .. can't fulfill their burden of good cause to quit.

Read Questions and Answers About Collecting Unemployment After Voluntarily Quitting a Job

Can You Collect Unemployment Benefits When Fired

Sometimes it still amazes me how some employees can misinterpret their own work conduct being their fault, while others seem clueless that what they did as an employee reeks of intention or negligent irresponsibility.  Did you read the definition for misconduct?

Now ask yourself, "How will my employer prove I'm guilty of some part of that definition.. pr

Read Questions and Answers About Getting Fired for Misconduct, or Something Other.

Accepting, Refusing and Quitting Suitable Work

What is the opposite of suitable work?  Unsuitable of course and you're not required to accept what is unsuitable work before, or after you begin to collect unemployment benefits.

Accepting and not refusing, or quitting suitable is a conditional requirement to collect benefits.  However, what is suitable work for you as an individual is conditioned upon certain factors .. and some of the factors can be subject to certain requirements included in individual state unemployment laws.

Questions and  Criteria for Suitable Work

Unemployment Benefit for Temporary Employees

Timed for my pet peeve.

I will not deny that  temporary staffing agencies serve a  valid business to business purpose, in that they help other employers avoid the hidden costs to employ people .. such as paying an adjustable unemployment tax rate based upon an experience rating for unemployment claims paid due to no fault of the employee.

Enter the friendly temp staffing agency to take on this burden of paying employment related taxes.

These agencies basically rent it's employees out to other business.    Because it relies on a contingent workforce, a temp agency will incur a much higher UI tax rate than permanent employers because new "suitable" temp assignments will not always be available for all it's employees.

This leads me to what peeves me.  A lack of work claim is an indefensible claim for an honest employer.    

But for many temp agencies, a lack of work just means there is a need to get creative with new strategies that can be used to  deny benefits to it's contingent employees.

The resulting high tax rates  levied against staffing agencies has not gone unnoticed by the temp agencies themselves.  In fact, strategies resulted in SUTA Dumping Laws.  

But, like they say,  when one door closes ...

A number of state legislatures have written provisions into unemployment laws that benefit staffing agencies with special voluntary quit rules.  Such as when you don't call for a new  assignment .. usually within 48 hours of an assignment ending.  And many are not opposed to protesting benefits this way .. even if you did call .. because many temporary contingent employees can't prove they contacted their agency.

Learn More About Unemployment Benefits for Temporary Employment.

Unemployment While Going to School

The problem with unemployment benefits while going to school is a conditional requirement to be able and available to accept suitable work .. and of course to keep searching for a suitable job.

However, the treatment of students and those in re-employment training programs collecting benefits can vary widely depending on the state you're collecting unemployment benefits while in school, or training.

PS  I am not a WIA expert, but I do know something about A&A (able and available) issues and where to find provisional exceptions .. state by state.

Learn More About Unemployment Benefits While Job Training and In School

Qualifying Monetarily for Unemployment Benefits

Most unemployment claims are initially determined two ways.  First, you get what they call the monetary determination.  It qualifies you for the amount of benefits you can receive, based upon wages paid to you during your claims base period and determines the weekly benefit amount you will receiving if found otherwise eligible to receive benefits based upon the reasons for separation from a job.  Some people believe the first monetary determination means they get benefits .. If only it were really that simple.

Questions About Qualifying for Unemployment Benefits 


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