It might just be me, but perusing state unemployment laws doesn't even come close to my idea of a good time. So, I do get why so few of you are tempted to rarely clicking through to your state's laws.
Sometimes, even I will skip reading UI laws, but that's only because my favorite bookmarks are free informational resources that make it easier to interpret if a law exists, or what it's intent is.
I, like any other non-attorney at-will employee can think there's better things to do our time that read a law that doesn't really explain how it's going to be applied to one person's unemployment claim.
So, scroll down and keep your head up out of that at-will employee box we tend to think in .. even after a job has ended. Look around and take notice, you are NOT powerless as an employee, or as an unemployment claimant .. but of course .. looking around is still your choice.
If there is one true thing about UI law, it's that it does vary widely, from state to state in how it is written and how the rules and regulations, (not as easy to find) can force a law to be interpreted differently .. depending on the state.
Thank goodness for the State Unemployment Law Comparison Charts at DOLETA (Department of Labor Employment & Training Administration).
The comparison charts are easy to read and get a bead on certain unemployment issues involving non-monetary eligibility and monetary qualifying.
Other chartbooks make other types of questions a lot easier to find, or at least know where you might look for a better answer .. than assuming your interpretation is correct about how an unemployment law should work.
You did know all state unemployment agencies are known as administrative law agencies required by the federal government to administer UI law also .. right?
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 state links below might be classified as my part-time job due to the fact they often don't work .. because a state ups and moves info around so often.
Email me if you find a broken link .. I will appreciate it. (And excuse my dust. I'm working on it.)
The state of Alabama is not what I'd call forthcoming with information that shed light on if you have a case to collect unemployment benefits.
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.
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
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.