If I were still an at-will employee, and even suspected I might need to collect unemployment benefits if I quit my job, or thought I might be fired, I'd put my former job experience aiding employers get denials of unemployment benefits at unemployment appeal hearings to work.. in MY best interest.
Telling your unemployment story better, is about giving it proper context to the facts that allow you to reasonably argue, why you shouldn't be held at fault, by a state unemployment insurance agency for losing your job.
Of course it should go without saying the context I'm referring to, is best decided on before you apply for unemployment compensation benefits.
We should all be so lucky to know we have rights to due process in this process, since it's expected we know, before quitting a job with good cause, or get fired from from a job without the good cause of work misconduct.
As for me, I learned what I know while coordinating first level unemployment appeal hearings for employers and I hope you find something helpful to explain how unemployment insurance benefits should work for you.
Feb 20, 18 11:57 AM
I have been trying to apply for un-employment insurance for 2 weeks now. Spending many hours on the phone only to hear all lines are busy and then I am
I'm relieved you asked some sort of question, about collecting unemployment benefits, or maybe you're here because you've been initially denied benefits and are wondering if appealing is the answer. Well, all I can say now .. is if you do appeal .. is make it a timely appeal.
Unemployment-Tips.com offers basic unemployment information I hope will acquaint you with the burden of proof. And a slew of Q&As I've collected over the years about proving and rebutting a burden.
Arguing with relevancy, to the burden of proof means you must also identify the unemployment eligibility issues affecting your ability to collect benefits.
Where do we find the issues? Well, let's not wait to find out because it's always going to be individual State Unemployment Laws and some free resources that help explain what they mean.
Want to know about me? Well, my name for purposes of this website is Chris.
I'm responsible for Unemployment-Tips.com being here, although I didn't feel alone for long .. in the fight to collect unemployment .. despite my facebook page indicates something to the contrary. What can I say .. except I've keep failing Social Media 101.
And of course I thought it would be a good idea to discuss how to poke holes in an employer's burden, or if you prefer, how to undermine an argument that promotes the idea you were guilty of work related misconduct at the time you were discharged.
If you tell me you quit your job with good cause, my initial reaction isn't to not believe you, but ask if you can prove it to the standard of law .. the burden of proof assigned to you as the moving party to of ended your at-will employment relationship.
Ultimately, the basic problem is .. people quit a jobs on impulse, and usually before considering how to meet the burden of proof to quit a job with good cause.
So .. as they (employers usually) say, document, document, document .. because if it's not written down, you can question whether it really happened.
Q&As About Quitting a Job With Good Cause .. anyone?
A lower level unemployment appeal hearing, may not sound as if it's your last opportunity to collect unemployment benefits .. in the overall unemployment process, but for claimants initially allowed to collect, or those denied unemployment benefits erroneously without experience knowing how to prepare to win a tribunal level unemployment hearing, they often think a board appeal is some sort of second chance
But, if you're wondering how to write an appeal letter for a denial of benefits, for a tribunal (lower appeal authority) hearing .. you might consider that appealing a lower level hearing decision, often means you need to write a written argument, and that might compare to what some call a written legal brief .. if board appeals weren't usually considered to still be quasi-legal.
Q&As about Unemployment Appeals to explain more.
The tribunal unemployment appeal process, is generally your last chance to get, or keep your benefits.
If you're looking for help writing an appeal letter to a denial of unemployment benefits, here's my K.I.S.S unemployment appeal letter template.
Conditional Unemployment Eligibility Issues
Unemployment Insurance laws contain contains conditional eligibility issues. These to can be of consequence to a person's ability to collect unemployment.
Take note, if a claim determination, or a hearing notice mentions anything about suitable work (SW) or being able and available to work (A&A).
And read the claimant handbook from front to back, if you think you may need to learn about required job searches, or unemployment fraud, which as an issue often includes language to suggest a claimant may of misrepresented material facts in an effort to obtain benefits.
And last, but not least, I'm sticking a special voluntary quit provision, just for folks employed by a temporary staffing agency .. under conditional issues.
I have addressed all sorts of issues about getting and keeping unemployment benefits over the years including somewhere around 4,000 free Q&A's appearing also on Unemployment-Tips.com's blog.
The good news should be if someone like me can figure out how unemployment laws should work through these free resources, you may not need my services as a coach.
Monetarily qualifying is based on wages found in a claim's base period and fortunately how much is based on formulas .. subject to math rules. After filing for unemployment it's important to file a continuing claim each week .. whether allowed, or just waiting for benefits to be approved.
If all the above seems like a no-brainer to you .. that would seem a good thing to me. But then again, if working as an unemployment hearing coordinator for employers taught me anything .. it's that merely assuming what someone tells you is true, or not .. doesn't mean it's been proven, or rebutted to become a credible fact.