Unemployment Laws and Resources to
Make Them More Understandable

I want to be clear about why I'm showing you where to find unemployment laws for most of the fifty states .. UI statutes vary in construction and provisions and that makes when benefits can be allowed vary too. 

Basically, employment security acts have to meet guidelines from the federal government, but how the benefits are doled out state by state is not an equal proposition.

Actually, there's nothing like reading any UI law to finally realize why many unemployed people only learn they were in over their heads from the beginning of their unemployment ordeal .. in the midst of representing themselves at the first unemployment appeal hearing.

Laws don't usually include much explanation of what they mean, or how they were intended to work when written by the lawmakers.   So,  I've  included resources that helped me learn how to interpret the meaning and intent of a state law .. and find the best way to use the law to benefit yourself .. instead of your employer.

 Interpretations of  Common Eligibility Issues 

Whenever I need to know where to begin ..  I go to the DOLETA .. and find the relevant issue of law.

I adore the State Unemployment Law Comparison Charts.   

They are an excellent resource to understand those variances in laws about quittinggetting fired and other monetary issues with unemployment claims

And that's not all .. questions about unemployment benefits you might find an answer for could include a lot of other issues that have been known to cause a denial of unemployment .. erroneously.

  • Independent contractor, or employee?  - Coverage chartbook
  • How much will you get? - Monetary Entitlement chartbook
  • Appeal process questions?  Appeals chartbook
  • Who pays for benefits and how much? - Financing chartbook
  • Extension benefits? - Extension and Special  Programs chartbook
  • Short list of states with disability unemployment benefits - Temporary Disability Insurance chartbook
  • The difference between repaying benefits for fraud and non-fraud causes - Overpayments

You did know quasi administrative law agencies .. administer UI law .. right?

Employment Security Acts and Resources That Could Help Us Understand What Unemployment Laws Actually Means to Say

Employment Security Acts (unemployment insurance laws) are not created equally, but they all have to fall within the minimum requirements of federal guidelines.  However, those guidelines don't prevent a state from tacking on some very helpful provisions, or prevent a state from providing interpretation resources for the actual laws.

Maintaining some of the links below has in fact, come close to a part-time job due to the frequency of how often information on government websites is moved around, renamed, and just changed and altered through legislative amending of the acts.  

If you find a broken link please email me and let me know.  I'll do my best to find fix it, bring it up to date, or even add a new link you believe would be helpful to the cause and goal of Unemployment-tips.com.

By the way, please pardon the dust while I reconstruct the formats below and add some relevant state by state unemployment information for you to think about before heading off to your first unemployment hearing without preparing first, or having a hearing representative to make your verbal argument for benefits.

Alabama Unemployment

The state of Alabama is not forthcoming in explaining how they interpret the meaning of it's unemployment statutes.  A lack of resources that interpret how the laws should be applied given the circumstances of a separation from work,  may in part, explain why Alabama unemployment benefit recipiency sits below the the national average at twenty-three percent of the total unemployed. 

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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