State Unemployment Laws, work much the same from state to state, given it's a federal law that mandated each state must have an unemployment insurance program .. way back in 1935.
It's undeniable, however, that wide guidelines from the federal government going to state governments about how to operate their own unemployment insurance program are wide enough, to allow plenty of room for a state to maintain it's sovereignty .. because state to state, employment security acts vary .. sometimes by a lot.
So unemployment benefits are not creating equally which means they can and do work quite differently .. even up to and including the reasoning used for how appellate courts have have interpreted fault, regardless of how an at-will employment relationship ends.
Eventually, I got that basic understanding down. But of course one thing leads to another, like the realization any state's UI law may not be written as neutrally, as employees might hope for.
Nor are all those who work at a state unemployment law agency as neutral and objective as they should be.
In fact, state unemployment laws and some employees administering the laws can be labeled as being pro-employer, and yes even pro-claimant .. shame on them .. just kiddin.
Although none of this matters, if even you can't be objective enough to know it's you who must keep bias at bay so you know when/if what you are assumed not to know about unemployment law is literally, being used against you, like so many that have gone before you.
So here, I share some of my personal unemployment insurance bookmarks .. aside from just reading a law that may still need to be interpreted to be in your favor that I used to answer on the main issues of law that disqualify, or allow unemployment benefits.
DOLETA's Unemployment Insurance Law Comparison Charts = My favorite place to begin researching whatever the issue might be.
To do some further research, you may want to see where I keep a list of links to state unemployment laws maybe a state's online unemployment precedent decision manual.
Precedent decisions are what literally helped me to understand how a law can be interpreted differently, depending on how an unemployment story might be told at a first level appeal hearing.
The following are still current, although for the year 2015. 2016's should come out in the spring or summer of 2016.
Maintaining working order of these links I hope will help you get closer to doing your own due diligence to research your issue with unemployment insurance laws by state, since they vary has at times, been an actual part-time job for me.
If you find there is a broken link for your state, please think about emailing me to let me know when one isn't working and I'll do my best to find where it might of been moved to.
The state of Alabama is not what I would call forthcoming with any valuable information that actually sheds light on how it's laws should be consistently applied to circumstances.. but here's where to find the statutes.. at least.
Alaska is one of three states that does expect employees to pay an unemployment tax. This is probably a good reason for why Alaska unemployment benefit recipiency is consistently higher than most other states.
Arizona unemployment is indicative of what has happened in many states to reduce recipients of benefits to the lowest levels ever. Arizona, has one of the lowest maximum weekly unemployment benefits amount in the country as well.
It's also one of a handful of states that makes finding affordable representation at an unemployment appeal hearing, a bigger challenge, that is.. if you're the claimant in the matter.
Delaware - Do you know where
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.