Unemployment benefits claim overpayment appeal
(Repaying Unemployment Benefits)
I was collecting unemployment benefits after I got laid off. Three months later I found a job and STOPPED claiming the benefit weeks since.
I now get a letter stating I have to repay an over payment for failure to correctly report work and earnings for the weeks while I worked. But I never claimed any weeks since I started working and recently reapplied for benefits since getting laid off again. What are my chances of winning this appeal?
How do I go about it? Do I need a lawyer (Cant really afford one)
If you do not think you can make the case for yourself that you did not receive unemployment benefits for any week you were not totally unemployed...yes, you should consult with an attorney and compare which will cost more...the attorney or repayment.
But if you can prove through use of paystubs, deposit records, etc. that the state is in error...then no. You would just need to appeal the overpayment determination or provide the documentation to make your case and ask for a reconsideration.
Sometimes, for some reason, the states keep sending money even if you stop claiming weekly benefits. If this happened to you and you accepted the money that would be a problem.
When you reopened the claim the state again checked your wage record. They detected a problem, but if you've done nothing wrong it should not be too difficult to clear things up by yourself.