Can I Collect Unemployment If I ....?

You think you lost your job through no fault of your own and deserve unemployment benefits, but I'm guessing you still have questions such as ..

  • How to apply for unemployment? 
  • How does unemployment work?
  • How much unemployment will I get?
  • And the big question .. How do you get unemployment?

I can't say it's always easy to collect unemployment, as you might already know if you quit, or got fired, but there's still questions I answered about why you may still be able to prove the separation cause as not due to any fault of yours.

I have been explaining what I know about the process of collecting unemployment benefits since 2007.  It's still apparent when you file for unemployment benefits, you are at risk of missing the point of the fight over you being allowed to receive unemployment benefits.

Frankly, I'm of the opinion, if you're unemployed .. you may not be able to afford missing anything about how unemployment really works. 

If you do choose to explore, or remember anything at all, including what I have to say on the subject of how to collect unemployment benefits ..  

It's that no matter what reason an employment relationship ends, it's best to first focus on the final incident and closely relate it to the burden of proof .. especially the burden of proving, or rebutting, whether you quit, or get fired.

Evaluating Your  Story for Needed Merits  Which Give You the Ability to  Collect Unemployment Benefits

Hows, Whys, Whens, Buts & Ifs of Collecting Unemployment

All info on is subject to a legal  disclaimer.

When you tell your unemployment story to me, or friends and family, you likely aren't telling the story in the same way you should explain it to the unemployment department from the time you apply for unemployment, all the way through to the end of a first level unemployment appeal hearing.

But how you you relate that same story to an unemployment administrative law agency is crucially important to your chances to collect.

You must tell your un-EMPLOYMENT story objectively and with focused intent to bring out the weakness, or strength in a burden of proof, and in such a way that benefits your side of the story as being the most credible.

It is not unusual to be upset about the reason you were fired, or quit over.  

But, I can assure you if you don't get over this difficulty that tends to clutter the issue at hand and instead be aware there are rules that can help you to see how to be found eligible to collect unemployment .. the employer is telling the state a different version of the same story because it is at least aware of what the burden of quitting, and getting fired is per unemployment laws.

Tip:  An employee, just like the boss, has more ability to affect the final outcome of a first level unemployment appeal hearing while there is still active employment relationship in which to build documentation to support an unemployment story.

Unemployment Questions and Answers About Getting Unemployment

I hope you've first read the essentials articles about the burden of quitting, or getting fired

Good! Then it's time to read some very similar sounding Unemployment Questions .  And find one where there was discussion meant to help anyone with a similar issue, gain clarity about how to better use an issue of law since it can both allow for benefits and cause a denial of unemployment.

If an answer doesn't quite get it for you to focus on whether you do have a verbal argument to make, rather than telling an old irrelevant story, unemployed people often tell to collect unemployment, then you may need assistance to telling a better (focused) unemployment story.

I'm here to serve anyone with merits to win .. to that end.

Good Cause to Quit 

Discover why it's important to first try to preserve and save your job.  Read the Q&As

Good Cause to Fire

Discover what your employer must prove for you to be guilty of misconduct. Read the Q&As

How Unemployment Works
When You Quit a Job

When you quit a job and file for unemployment benefits, you will have assured yourself of being assigned the burden to prove you had good cause to quit.  

You might be asking, "what's wrong with that".  Plenty .. if you're clueless as to how unemployment works when you quit your job.

Questions and answers about voluntarily quitting a job can shed light on not only the burden you must meet, but the specific reasons people quit their job .. as they connect to the possibility of even being with good cause.

Q&As - Can I collect unemployment if I quit my job?

How Unemployment Works
When You're  Fired

Better than when most people quit .. and that's because the burden of proof is now assigned to the employer and the burden is to prove work related misconduct.

Misconduct, as well as what it isn't, has been defined in a precedent decision 1947 and It's still the predominant definition upon which most state specific definitions of misconduct are still based.  

Q&As - Getting Fired and Unemployment Benefits

Fighting a Denial of Unemployment Benefits

Although there is a lot written about employers legitimately fighting unemployment benefits, very little is written about how some choose to use and abuse the unemployment process when someone is allowed to collect benefits, even when they clearly have little to no merit to stop your benefits.

On the other hand, employees who've been initially denied unemployment, often ignore their own right to write an appeal letter to an erroneous initial denial of unemployment benefits. 

Not to mention the need to prepare to win a hearing on merits .. not hopes and wishes.

Read more about Unemployment Appeals

How to Apply for Unemployment

How to claim unemployment, at least for me, is first knowing how you should apply for unemployment properly and with a legitimate argument to back your claim up from the beginning.

If you need to know where to apply for unemployment .. I'm already concerned for you .. but then you might also be the type to ask questions .. before you act and that's a really good thing.

The list of initial causes one can choose for being unemployed is shorter than I am.

  • Voluntary Quit
  • Discharge for Misconduct
  • Lack of Work (Laid Off)

The question is simple .. however the answer often gets cluttered up with your own emotional confusion about the events leading to a voluntary quit, or discharge.

Get this cause for separation question right .. otherwise you run the risk of appearing as someone who may of thought they had to willfully misrepresent it as material fact in an effort to obtain benefits.

And here's why you don't want that.

Qualifying Monetarily Doesn't Mean You've
Been Allowed to Collect Unemployment Benefits

Most unemployment claims receive two initial determination about any benefits.

  1. Your claim receives a monetary determination qualifying you for a calculated weekly benefit amount.
  2. You will then receive a non-monetary determination telling you if you're eligible to collect that amount each week.

Some of you may have mistaken the monetary determination (sometimes called the award letter)  with meaning you get benefits.   If only it were that simple, but more of you need to scrutinize the the monetary determination for errors .. which might include a denial .. because an employer didn't report, or pay taxes on your covered wages.

Q&As About Monetarily Qualifying for Unemployment Benefits 

Read the full disclaimer here: provides information with the perpetual hope it will be educational, and eye opening for those looking to find and advantage to outweigh the disadvantage of ignorance.

Because .. in the end that is often what denies unemployment benefits that might otherwise have been yours.

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