Unemployment Laws by State




Even I had limited understanding about unemployment laws eligibility requirements when I first went to work for a cost control company.

But I didn't get my understanding from reading the laws unless, you consider  the bulk of unemployment insurance statutes in any state is made up mostly of information for employers and make their  concern mostly being over the taxing provisions.

I was once the bookkeeper for my father's construction company.    A small part of my job was to calculate and pay quarterly unemployment taxes.  Taxes were calculated for all wages paid to each employee up to the state wage base.  (Usually 26 x the state maximum benefit amount).

And of course, the  rate of tax was based upon  something called an employer experience rating, which is based on the amount of paid unemployment claims.

This is only to say I understand why some employers are highly motivated to get creative when it comes to  denying unemployment benefits.

The only problem I've ever had with employers fighting benefits developed only when I saw first hand, to what lengths and at what ethical cost some would go to keep that experience rating down, including relying on a general assumption claimants of benefits can be washed out of the system at the first appeal level .. without legitimate merits for an appeal of benefits.

If this upsets anyone,  I'd say you're not being objective, but you may be feeling  upset for some reason of a more personal nature.

Unemployment Laws
Regarding Eligibility  

Contained within a smaller section of Employment Security Acts (common name for unemployment statutes) is a section often entitled Disqualifications. 

What is really explained in unemployment insurance law is a law is subject to being argued when it you think it has been been applied incorrectly.

But to understand how the words in an   Employment Security Act should be applied ..

And individual is often left floundering for answer that interpret application of UI laws to unique separation fact and to be aware of a fact about unemployment insurance law ..

Even when a law might read exactly the same, one state might interpret to mean something different from another state.

We need state specific interpretive resources!

They also call this unemployment case law.

But, your state might make you settle for comparisons of common issues affecting your eligibility .. by state.

 USDOL's Unemployment Laws Comparison Charts






Employment Security Acts Need Interpretive Resources for the DIYer

Be aware, maintaining the links below is  a part-time job for me because states and federal governments move information all the time.  

If you find a broken link, please email me and I'll find where it wen and fix it.

Alabama

Alaska

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
Unemployment Digest

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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