Resources That Can Make
Unemployment Laws More Understandable

It might just be me, but when I was a novice UI hearing coordinator, trying to figure out how I was supposed to answer employer questions about unemployment in general, I didn't have a clue as to how to answer most questions.  

And perusing individual state unemployment laws wasn't often where I found an answer I could understand. 

I did what I thought anyone reasonable person in my new position would do.   I looked for different, but still official looking, resources that might help me interpret the meaning of a law given each appeal could have the same issue, but very different individual separation circumstances.

I found some states do try to explain how unemployment works in terms an average person might understand .. even if all fifty individualized employment security acts didn't have a published interpretive resource for those who need to collect, or fight the safety net benefits to stabilize a suffering economy.

In fact, I was somewhat surprised to learn a few of those official looking resources, were actually intended to be an aid to those who conduct unemployment appeal hearings.

This is where I share the best of my personal unemployment bookmarks as well as links to as many state employment security acts (unemployment statutes) that I've learned require a little keeping track of because government websites have a habit of moving information and not redirect one to where they moved it..

State Unemployment Law Comparison Charts

Thank goodness I found the State Unemployment Law Comparison Charts brought to us by  DOLETA (Department of Labor Employment & Training Administration) and updated yearly .. sometime around the middle of the year.  

The state by state comparisons are in easy to read charts and have further interesting information in between the charts as well as in the footnotes of a chart.

The charts can literally answer a large number of questions both claimants and employers have about non-monetary eligibility issues and monetary qualifying issues.

The answers aren't always complete, but can definitely prompt you to ask a better question specific to your state.

  • Can I collect unemployment if I quit my job?
  • Can I get unemployment if I am fired for misconduct?
  • What is the disqualification for a quit or misconduct denial of benefits?
  • Am I an employee, or really an independent contractor? (Coverage)
  • Can self employed people collect unemployment in my state? (Coverage)
  • How much will unemployment pay me?  (Monetary Entitlement) 
  • What is the maximum weekly benefit amount in my state? (Monetary) 
  • How long do I have to  appeal a denial of benefits?  (Appeals) 
  • Does my state have a board of review to appeal a hearing decision to? (Appeals)
  • Who pays for unemployment benefits ? - (Financing)
  •  Why can't I get an unemployment extension of benefits?  (Special  Programs) 
  • Does my state have temporary disability unemployment benefits ?  (Temporary Disability Insurance)
  • What's the difference between repaying unemployment benefits under a finding of fraud, or non-fraud overpayment of benefits? - (Overpayments)


Employment Security Acts and Precedent Decisions About Unemployment Benefits

Employment Security Acts (unemployment insurance laws) are not created equally, but they all have to fall within the minimum requirements of federal guidelines.  However, those guidelines don't prevent a state from tacking on some very helpful provisions, or prevent a state from providing interpretation resources for the actual laws.

Maintaining some of the state links below might be classified as my part-time job due to the fact they often don't work .. because a state ups and moves info around so often.  

Email me if you find a broken link .. I will appreciate it.  (And excuse my dust.  I'm working on it.)

Alabama Unemployment

The state of Alabama is not what I'd call forthcoming with information that shed light on if you have a case to collect unemployment benefits.

Alabama Unemployment Statutes

Alaska Unemployment

Alaska is one of three states where employees actually are required to pay a portion of the unemployment taxes used to pay for benefits.  Possibly because of this, Alaska unemployment benefit recipiency rates have always been one of the highest in the nation.  In 2013 fifty percent of the total unemployed received benefits as compared to the national average of twenty-five percent received benefits. 

Alaska Unemployment Statues

Arizona Unemployment

Arizona unemployment is indicative of what has happened to benefit recipiency since just prior to the great recession .. It's dropped to an all time low.  Although AZ unemployment recipiency has always sat well below the national average 

Arizona

Administrative Code 





Arkansas

California
 Precedent Decisions
California UIBDG (good one)

Colorado
CDLE Reference Library

Connecticut
Precedents

Delaware - Do you know where

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Illinois

Illinois Unemployment Law Handbook

Indiana

Iowa
Iowa Adjudication Guide

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland                                                                Decision Digest

Massachusetts                                                 DUA Service Rep Manual

Michigan
Decision Digest

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico                                         Precedents

New York                                                 Interpretation Index

North Carolina Statues

NC Precedent Manual

North Dakota

Ohio Statutes                             Precedent  Abstract

Oklahoma                                   Precedent Manual

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas                                                 Precedents

Utah

Vermont

Virginia
Precedent Manual

Washington State

Washington DC

West Virginia

Wisconsin                                    Precedents

Wyoming

Many discussions in the  Q&A's  link to specific pages  in many of the resources to help explain the reasoning behind any answer or question I might of asked.

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