Interpreting What Unemployment Laws Tell Us

To compare how unemployment laws work from one state to another is enough to make me jump on a personal soapbox, about how we're expected to actually live, work and think, as at-will employees in the United States.

But personal feelings aside, 

the question for me remains, why all state unemployment administrative law agencies are not required by the federal part of the partnership, to provide qualitative reference material, or explain in layman terms, how one can best use and apply those laws to real life situations of job loss to understand what through no fault of mine, or your own actually means.

Especially since I know why an unemployment lawyer, offering assistance to a claimant, can be as difficult to find, as searching for a unicorn.

Unemployment Law by State

´╗┐Unemployment law, or the employment security statutes vary widely.

So widely in fact it can be demonstrated by my favorite resource. 

DOLETA's Unemployment Insurance Law Comparison Charts.

In addition, administrative rules of procedure and specific state unemployment agency regulations vary, although often selectively promulgated, to keep the public at large's vision of why you might of lost your job through no fault of your own, muddied to the issue you need to argue to in order to win an unemployment appeal hearing.

Unemployment Insurance programs were federally mandated into existence as part of the Social Security Insurance Act of 1935.

If you ask me, eighty years is a long time for any state government to not widely promulgate precisely how a law is supposed to be administered quasi-legally.

In the end, all I'm trying to say is getting unemployment may not be rocket science, but it also isn't an equal proposition for all Americans wanting to figure out on their own, how to use laws more effectively for themselves when trying to collect .. and even deny benefits.

But still, that's hardly an excuse for not exploring the resources we as Americans can explore freely for general understanding, when we need it most.

Employment Security Acts and Precedent Decisions About Unemployment Benefits

Employment Security Acts aka, unemployment insurance laws, are not created equally, but they all must fall within the minimum requirements of federal guidelines.  

Maintaining the working order of the state links below is classified as one of my part-time jobs here ..

Please email me if you find a broken link .. I'll appreciate while I continue work to clean up the mess of links below.

Alabama Unemployment

The state of Alabama is not forthcoming with any valuable information that would shed more light through revealing precedent decision to the general public..

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 


Administrative Code 


 Precedent Decisions
California UIBDG (good one)

CDLE Reference Library


Delaware - Do you know where





Illinois Unemployment Law Handbook


Iowa Adjudication Guide





Maryland                                                                Decision Digest

Massachusetts                                                DUA Service Rep Manual

Decision Digest







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



Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota


Texas                                                 Precedents



Precedent Manual

Washington State

Washington DC

West Virginia

Wisconsin                                    Precedents


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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