How to Collect Unemployment Benefits

How to collect unemployment benefits?    

When I began Unemployment-Tips.com, I thought I could help with that question, due to my personal experience with unemployment insurance benefits, coordinating unemployment appeal hearings for employers.   It  wasn't hard for me to miss when and why an employee denied unemployment benefits erroneously, might not actually be at fault for the reason they'd voluntarily quit a job, or had been fired from a job. 

By tips, I mean some basic info that is as relevant to an unemployed person's ability to prove, or rebut the burden of proof, as it is to an employer, if only they had someone to  drive home the many points I learned while helping employers, not opposed to taking advantage of what you don't know about how unemployment is supposed to work. 

Whether it'a a basic article about quitting, or being fired, or an individual's question, or comment about unemployment benefits, I believe, it's the links to  free official state unemployment law resources, that should help you better understand how the quasi-legal unemployment process works when you know the process, before you lose a job, or apply for unemployment benefits.

I've leaned heavily on that former job experience where I was expected to use a state's  unemployment appeal process more effectively, but it's also why I strongly suggest to those initially denied unemployment benefits they consider exercising a right to due process, because it's one you share with employers. 

Being represented, at a lower level unemployment appeal hearing .. by someone who knows how to work at unemployment hearings .. for a living.


Whether  you, or your former employer decides to fight an initial unemployment claim determination, the fight begins with an appeal letter requesting a hearing to FULLY explore facts that may not of been available .. at the initial non-monetary eligibility determination adjudication phase.

I believe with every fiber of my being it's better when you know how unemployment laws can work for you  before representing yourself at an administrative law hearing, aka a tribunal .. or the full fact finder hearing. 

Definitive answers to Unemployment Eligibility Questions are a rarity.   Mostly because winning unemployment appeal hearings, depend on whether you can meet, or rebut the relevant facts .. to a standard of law being applied, when you and/or your employer decides to argue about the cause being good, or not and related to  issues, found in all state unemployment laws .. that do in fact vary about what may, or may not be good cause .. enough.

When Applying for Unemployment Benefits You're Better Off if You Accept It's The Moving Party Who Must Prove Fault

I know why it's unsettling to lose a job through no fault of your own.  I also understand why being denied benefits erroneously can make you feel like throwing your hands in the air to give up.  

Yet, I don't understand why anyone would give up, at least, before learning a few very basic principles intended to make unemployment law work the way it's suppose to .. fairly and impartially.

A basic principle I had to accept long ago .. when I worked on behalf of thousands of employers,  is why it's important for even and employee, to grasp the standard of law, the moving party is supposed to meet, if they want to prove, or rebut the burden of proving fault, belongs to the non-moving party of an at-will employment relationship.

And who know, when you get that .. you may be up to finding out how State Unemployment Laws Are Supposed to Work .. including how unemployment law can vary widely state to state.


Unemployment Benefits When You Quit a Job

Many people try to collect unemployment benefits after quitting their job way to impulsively .. and that prevents most from developing a good quasi-legal argument that does more than present good cause .. but proves the fault was attributable to the employer. 

When benefits are initially allowed because the claimant was determined to of quit with good cause .. an employer often appeals .. because as we all should know by now  the myth, that you can only collect unemployment if you get fired,  is contradicted by every single state unemployment law

Did the claimant voluntary quit with, or without good cause attributable to the employer? 

Need more info about how employees might try to prove good cause to quit? 

Here's the Q&As.

Unemployment When Fired From a Job

The only good thing I can think of off the top of my head about being fired from a job, is the burden that proves why you should be held guilty of committing willful work related misconduct  fired, is not an expectation of an unemployed person .. unless the truth is the problem for you.

Question is .. as a claimant, what might you need to do, if anything, to rebut the employer's burden of proving misconduct.

Did the employer discharge the claimant for misconduct connected to the work, or for some other reason not misconduct?    I'm sure most people should know the answer, to this question .. when they remove the way they feel about losing their job.. from the equation.

Need more info about collecting unemployment if fired from a job? 

Here's those Q&A's

Unemployment Appeal Hearing Representation

Claimants losing unemployment appeal hearings they might of otherwise won, has always bothered me .. almost as much as the reason I think they lose winnable appeal hearings .. is they ignore the fact unemployment insurance is a quasi-legal form of law controlled by an unemployment department .. aka an administrative law agency.

I may not be able to keep you on track by being your personal hearing coordinator, but I can offer you a chance for  free case evaluation with a professional unemployment hearing rep .. the like of which I once contracted to represent employers.

Who knows,  after talking about your case, the hearing rep, may think you have a case that's winnable, therefore worth taking on .. provided you don't object to a flat fee for representation services at your hearing.

Need more info about what can go wrong .. or right with an Unemployment Appeal?  Here's some Q&As

Unemployment Laws:  Learn How They Vary State By State

Unemployment laws regarding eligibility, and/or being found ineligible, make up a relatively small portion of a state's statutes regarding Unemployment Insurance. What employees are often looking to learn, often come under a heading such as Disqualifications from Benefits.  And yes, please believe me when I tell you unemployment laws vary by state .. including what is, or is not considered disqualifying.

Individual state unemployment insurance programs were mandated by the federal government with the passage of the Social Security Act of 1935.  For those of you interested in history, Frances Perkins was the Secretary of Labor at that time.  Personally, I think she was a special woman of that time in our history, she was responsible for many of the employment laws, during her long tenure, that still provide our basic protections as at-will employees today.

Here's the links to Unemployment Laws and Other Free Resources to help you understand if, when and why you may be able to collect .. even if couldn't were you to of lost your job in another state.


Meeting, or Rebutting the Burden Focused On Proving Fault

Unemployment Insurance is made to work correctly when an unemployment appeal is necessary, by the fact it's, the moving party (the party that opted to end the employment relationship), is also able to meet for the first time, or sustain their burden of proof, the non-moving party was at fault for the cause of separation.

The burden, for lack of a better way to briefly  explain what I think unemployed claimants often miss, is that both proving, or rebutting proof, is done to a standard of law applied at unemployment hearings, and it's never a good idea to ignore the context for establishing good cause to end a job, whether that means good cause to quit, or be fired.

Learn more about the burden of proof to collect unemployment benefits.


To Quit a Job With Good Cause

It's possible to quit your job for a reason that is good cause, but still not be able to prove you had good cause.   When people voluntarily quit for good cause, they are frequently denied unemployment because they can't prove one or more element that not only shows how the fault was attributable to the work, or the employer, but that they first exhausted reasonable efforts to preserve their job.

Given the standard for being found eligible after the initial claim determination phase, is based on the available information obtained from both you and your former employer,  it may be worth your time to consider the burden of proof, should you need to make the argument at a first level unemployment hearing, whether you are allowed to collect unemployment, or are denied benefits erroneously in your own mind after the initial claim adjudication.

Q&As About Quitting and Collecting Unemployment Benefits


My Employer Fired Me For Misconduct

Okay, who thinks they were fired from a job for a reason that shouldn't be considered as being misconduct connected to the work? 

Here's an old definition for what work misconduct is, that still relevant today.

Well, as you might note, the good news about being fired is, you don't have to meet the burden of proving your actions were misconduct, nor do you need to help your employer prove the burden that is their's to prove.

But logic dictates, if you you don't need to help your employer prove any misconduct, you may still need to know what you should be trying to rebut.

Questions about Being Fired From a Job?


More Questions About Collecting Unemployment Benefits

Want to learn more about proving, rebutting, or arguing to show your unemployment story is the most credible story that fits within the confines of how unemployment is supposed to work?

Then you'll find a variety of Q&As on the  contact me page.

And for those who think it could be wise to know who is offering these unemployment tips and why, you may want to read my employment and unemployment story.


How Do Employees  Quit, Or Get Fired From a Job Through No Fault of Their Own and Still End Up Denied Unemployment Benefits?

If you left your job, by voluntarily quitting, or being discharged, the baseline you need to know when you begin thinking about how to collect, or not be denied benefits, is that fault is generally required to be attributed to the non-moving party, by the moving party that ended the relationship.. at least most of the time.

I'm like a broken record, when it comes to claimants failing to recognize who has the burden of proving fault, which I think is best known, from the moment you apply for unemployment benefits.

My experience, however, is what has sincerely forced me to explain because everyday I worked to coordinate hearings for employers, I was also banking on some claimants being responsible for why they would be denied unemployment.

Losing is what can happen if you, or even an employer, ignores the burden and the context of the story, someone is trying to prove who was really to blame at unemployment appeal hearings..

Appealing, to get unemployment, or to deny benefits .. comes with another burden if you ask me.  It's a personal responsibility to evaluate a story for the actual facts relevant to  the intent underlying unemployment law .. which is the opposite of ignorance creating fake holes in the economic safety net for someone to fall through .. because they didn't know to avoid the hole.


Unemployment Appeals:  How to Write a Letter When You're Initially Denied Unemployment Benefits

I'm often asked for my opinion on how I think someone should try to win an unemployment appeal hearing.

My answer is always the same about a claimant writing a letter to appeal an initial denial of unemployment benefits.  

Keep It Simple Stupid.

Or if you prefer, let me offer you something different.

A Referral to a Professional Unemployment Appeal Representative.

Unemployment appeal case referrals and passive ads are the primary two ways I earn money from this site .. You should learn more about that when you visit the Terms of Use of this website.

Unemployment Benefits Q&As

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    I worked in a call center and was fired for hanging up on a customer before I said anything. No conversation took place and they said their was a customer

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How Employee Rights In the Workplace Can Affect Your Ability to Collect Unemployment

When applying for unemployment benefits, it can be easy to miss some of the questions may relate to whether you exercised an employee right .. you may of mentioned in explaining the final incident, or the cause of why you voluntarily quit, due to the fault of the employer.   

Unemployment Insurance Benefits are really an afterthought of an exception, to the idea adhered to in the U.S., which this employment attorney began to explain about the impact the doctrine of employment at will has on us all.

If you grasp that Unemployment Insurance was added to the mix in 1936 after the Great Depression, and the employee rights we've come to take for granted to day have literally become a counterweight against unemployment benefits and that extra weight for your arguments for benefits, lurk beneath the surface of a workplace culture, you can expose as fact better, while you're still an employee.

In any case, I know of at least one UI precedent decision that agreed there was no good cause to quit .. because the employee failed to exercise a right in the workplace first .. to show they tried to preserve their employment first. 


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