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Hi, my name is Chris.  

As my own way of explaining why Unemployment-Tips.com exists, I'll just tell you I  lost my job as an unemployment appeal hearing coordinator in 2006 (I worked for third party unemployment claim administrator) through no fault of my own.  

I knew one thing for sure, before I hung up from the phone call informing I was being laid off on the date I thought I was supposed to return to work, I felt lucky to of had that job, because over the years, I got a whole lot better at it and knew how employers managed to work the rules, to deny even a legitimate lack of work claim.    

So, knowing one strategy used,  the first thing I was compelled to do was to verify I had my official return to work date correct.  I found this date on the FMLA paperwork my employer's FML claim administrator had sent to me while I was in the hospital.    Lo and behold, it was incorrect .. at least according to what my physician had told me would be the date would be, when he sent the form back to my employer. 

It took me two weeks to fix this problem.  And I documented each and every effort I made to resolve what I perceived to be potential setup for a denial for being a voluntary quit if I did not return to work on the incorrect date the FMLA claim administrator had placed on the "official FML paperwork they'd sent to me while in the hospital.

After I was laid off and had been deemed able and available by my doctor, of course I applied for unemployment benefits and began collecting.

I was also ready with emails, when I received a call from a claim adjudicator asking if I had refused an offer of suitable work from my former employer.  I stated no I had not and offered to send to her the email that proved the job offer to be a tax auditor had been withdrawn by my former employer .. due to a company wide hiring freeze.

I wasn't so lucky a couple months later when my former employer contacted me to return to work as a "temporary" hearing coordinator through a staffing agency .. right after I had subscribed to SiteBuildIt for a year and chosen the domain name of Unemployment-Tips.com and at the beginning of a massive recession.

I may of not been thinking too clearly at the time .. but I went for it anyway.

Nearly three years later in 2009, I voluntarily quit my job, found to be with good cause from the initial claim determination phase .. all the way through to the moment the employer's board level appeal was dismissed.

At that moment, knowing I could continue to collect .. even upto the unprecedented long term extension benefits available in most states at that time .. I had personally had enough of unemployment benefits controlling my own action and decided to voluntarily give up my right to benefits, for no other reason than I really didn't want to be any employer's at-will employee, and therefore would not be applying for a job anymore.

But who would I be, if not the unemployed person who emphatically knows a job search and the willingness to accept suitable work if offered, is a conditional requirement each week one chooses to continue to collect unemployment benefits.

Instead, I decided to see if I could up the ante from only offering free answers for the blog portion of this site,  to referring some of the claimants who contacted me, to professional and qualified unemployment hearing representatives .. along with the passive ads I allow to be plastered all over this website to this day.


How to Play the Unemployment Game Better

I've suggested, more than once, when responding to questions about unemployment, that it's the at-will employee who has the right, and an obligation while they work, to protect more than only an employer's best interest.   

When it comes to how unemployment works, it is in our best interest to understand that what better enables use to claim the right to collect unemployment benefits is our ability to meet, or rebut the burden of proof central to how a job separation is perceived through unemployment laws and regulations. 

No matter how uncomfortable the idea of confronting an issue that may lead to being fired, or quitting a job is .. confronting problems in the workplace head on is what allows for even employees to strategically document (proof) to help testimony that is given after a job ends stand up as being the more credible story provided at an unemployment hearing.   

This one thing .. to not just talk about it, but document, to either prove, or rebut just one version of a story leading to fault being assigned to you, or an employer .. is what I know employees don't do for various reasons, but wish they had, after becoming unemployed and learn how unemployment really does work. 

It's also about what that "reasonable person" conducting your unemployment hearing already knows about doing their job, which is to impartially and without bias, fully develop a hearing record, to find out what the relevant facts are .. before they make decisions on just the issues.   

You'll do better when you can  remain objective and on point to the issues listed on your hearing notice.  You'll do better if when you explain the details about your job separation, you can also submit evidence that corroborates your testimony as  credible .. to why you either quit your job with good cause you can attribute to the fault of an employer, or were fired for a reason your former employer is not able to reach when they explain why your behavior should be considered as intentional .. willful.. misconduct .. connected to the work.

Work in Progress  .. A Potential Newsletter

In the eleven years, I've had a website about unemployment benefits, I have never written a newsletter. Frankly, it never made sense, because I know the real goal of most unemployed people, is to find another job .. and one covered by unemployment insurance.  

So, when/if I finally send out a newsletter, it's likely to revolve more around what I've learned along the way, while I worked on making Unemployment-Tips.com a reality. 

I worked hard here, because I was driven to reach my goal of having the necessary tools, or skills I thought I'd need, to work for myself at will, doing what I really love to do.


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I can't believe it's almost 2019 .. or that I've been trying to answer question about unemployment insurance benefits for the blog, since 2008.

If you have a question and it allows me to offer a tip, or two, you submit it through use the form below.


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