I, Chris with Unemployment-Tips.com, am a non-attorney, which makes me just like most unemployed people.
Except when I first learned the field of unemployment law was proliferated by non-attorneys with more experience practicing it than even unemployment lawyers my shock eventually turned to understanding why it's tough to collect.
Most of these non-attorney experts work for a state unemployment department, or a third party unemployment claims management company.
If you're unfamilar with the latter, it's a type of company that provides services to employer associations and individual employers concerned about keeping a UI tax rate down .. even if you might have a valid argument to make that goes to receiving unemployment benefits.
It was clear to me, as a novice hired for a job that required me to learn how unemployment appeals worked state to state .. that I would need more training resources than those offered by my new employer .. one of thosew unemployment cost control company.
The fact is, when you're a novice and you're unemployed you're at the biggest disadvantage possible because you're not just going up against experts who live and breathe UI statutes and all the going ons of first level unemployment appeal hearing .. you also lack the experience that makes for better questions and use of a sensible interpretive guide, such as this one provided by the California EDD.
I know .. you're so excited to dig into your state unemployment laws and my favorite resources, you just want me to get out of your way, so you can dive into my favorite resource, the charts offered by DOLETA (Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration)
DOLETA's Unemployment Insurance Law Comparison Charts are my favorite, because they providew specific clues about issue and an unemployed person's ability to collect .. state by state.
They can also explain what is meant when you read that unemployment law varies by state .. especially when it comes to specific provisions that allow for good cause for certain personal reasons .. such as moving to follow a spouse, or quitting to accept a new job.
The charts have a handy Table of Contents.
It's very helpful for finding a specific issue which may be affecting your unemployment claim.
You can find the federal guidelines.
Maintaining the working order of the state links below is one of my least favorite part-time jobs .. I wonder somtimes why a government website would remove .. or just move resources that can help .. but they do.
Please email me if you find a broken link .. I'll will appreciate it as I continue my work to clean up the mess of links below.
The state of Alabama is not forthcoming with any valuable information that would shed more light, such as revealing precedent decision to the general public..
Alaska is one of three states where employees actually pay an unemployment tax. This is probably one reason Alaska unemployment benefit recipiency rates are usually one of the highest in the nation. In 2013 fifty percent of the total unemployed received benefits as compared to the national average of all states combined at twenty-five percent of the total unemployed able to collect.
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 is also one of a handful of states with rules about unemployment attorneys, should you decide representation at a lower level appeal hearing is a wise move.
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.