Unemployment Laws:   Resources to Help Interpret What They Mean to Your Unemployment Claim

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)

Unemployment Laws:  Comparison Charts State by State

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.

Monetarily Qualifying for Unemployment - Most of your questions about qualifying for a valid unemployment claim are answered about being monetarily entitled to collect unemployment benefits.

Additionally, you can find many more questions I answered about monetary issue here to include understanding of a base period and other income you receive that is deductible from benefts.

Nonmonetary Eligibility - Separation Causes - This chart explain a lot about what is meant by "if found otherwise eligible to collect unemployment.  

Examples of non-monetary issues affecting eligibility to receive benefits, even when a claim is monetarily qualified can be found in all the Q&As which include voluntarily quitting, being fired for misconduct,  going to school, suitable work, and temporary jobs.

Unemployment Appeals - In case you haven't noticed, one of my goals has always been to stress why even employees should be prepared to win the first level unemployment appeal hearing .. I stressed why .. even when I answered questions about appeals after someone lost.

Repaying Unemployment Benefits´╗┐ - Please don't tell me you didn't know that when benefits are determined to of been overpaid .. even unemployed people are expected to repay what they did collect per a state's individual recovery provisions .. which may possibly include circumstances under which a wavier of overpayment can be made.  I never created a page just for Q&As about overpayments, but I did eventually write an article to call attention to the two different kinds of OPs .. fraud and non-fraud.

Covered by Unemployment Insurance -  I wonder .. how many people gave up on unemployment benefits .. merely because they didn't have the stamina, or wherewithall to appeal and prove their former employer should of been paying unemployment taxes .. because their employment should of been covered by unemployment insurance .. vs being misclassified as an independent contractor, i.e., self employed.

Unemployment Laws (Also Called Employment Security Acts) and Precedent Decision Manuals

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.

Alabama Unemployment

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..

Alabama Unemployment Statutes

Alaska Unemployment

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. 

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 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.


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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