Unemployment Laws by State




If you moaning and groaning at just the thought of needing to think about unemployment laws right now,  I'm right there with you making some noises of my own.

However,  the focus of this website is an unemployment appeal .. which is   where the fight to get, keep, or deny benefits continues in a quasi-legal proceeding.

I had limited understanding about unemployment, let alone the laws that controlled eligibility when I first went to work for a cost control company. But,  they plunked me down at a desk anyway and expected me to talk intelligently about this stuff to employers on my first day.

But, I stuck with it and in time, approximately twelve months, or so,  I became familiar enough with the variances that made unemployment insurance law  work a bit differently, depending on which state an unemployment appeal hearing I was discussing, was to be held in to make an impact on how i prepped for that hearing.   

What follows is not only links to unemployment statutes, but all the resources that aided me when I decided to speed up the training I was being given ..  repetition.


Unemployment Eligibility  and Disqaulifications

Contained within a small section of Employment Security Acts (common name for unemployment statutes) are sections of the law , often entitled disqualifications and/or  benefit eligibility.  

There may be provisions, which create exceptions to the rules.

But with only statutes to read, an individual can easily begin to feel like there's got to be more to this that just what the law itself is telling you..

Something maybe .. to grab  your attention and  lead you to being able to make sense of how to argue your own job loss situation to the law, or simply explain  when you have a fighting chance to win an unemployment appeal .. or a snowballs.

Laws are good, but comparing them is better.

How Your State Feels About Your Issue of UI Law

There is a lot to be said for DOLETA's  Unemployment Law Comparison Charts.   I use them heavily when I need to verify how I think a state may  be addressing any number of specific common issues found on denials and approvals of benefits.

The charts  compare   state by state variances and a bonus is they are updated yearly to reflect changes that may of been made to state UI laws.

Sometimes just taking a quick look can even  end the need to do more research, or it might make you thirst for more information.

If comparisons are better, then unemployment case law that interprets law .. is best.



Employment Security Acts and Interpretive Resources for Some States

Maintaining the links below could almost be my part-time job.

Please, if you find a broken link, please email me.  I'll go in search of where they moved the resource this time.  Sometimes, I think they do it on purpose to keep valuable information out of our hands.  And don't forget, sometimes it is worth it to go to your state's unemployment website and see what they are telling employer about fighting unemployment!

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

Illinois Unemployment Law Handbook

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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