What Do Unemployment Laws, Statutes  and/or Provisions Mean in Real Terms?
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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.

Unemployment Laws:  Comparison Charts State by State

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. 

Each year DOLETA publishes new chartbooks to include any changes to state laws.  they come with a handy Table of Contents to help us identify which chartbook we should open first.

The following are still current, although for the year 2015.  2016's should come out in the spring or summer of 2016.

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 (Called Employment Security Acts) and Precedent Decision Manuals to Make Due Diligence Easier

Federal Unemployment Insurance Guidelines. 

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.

Alabama Unemployment Statutes


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.

Alaska Unemployment Statues


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.


AZ Administrative Code 


Arkansas Unemployment Statutes

 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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