How long does it take for the appeal hearing to be scheduled? Im in Florida
I was fired on August 10, 2009 being unmanageable! I found that my company was publishing fraudulent information on their web site -= which people pay a subscription to. I had my interview and was denied because I used the phone for personal use not in the best interest of the company.
I hired an attorney - she said that the rules and policies must be consistently applied and if other employees have also used the phone for personal use and were not punished as severely it is not wilful misconduct.
After I found out what the company was doing they made my life miserable, they moved me from my office to a cubicle next to the door, the owner was screaming at me in his office, saying I wasnt a team player - I told him I wouldnt quit he would have to fire me. Im a single mom and live only on my income.
They turned the entire situation around saying I wanted to be fired to collect unemployment - who can live on $196.00 a week, its something to hold me over until I find a job.
I heard that in most cases unemployment appeal hearings are within 5 weeks is that true?
You know the weird part .. if you told the state this information already .. why were you denied? States are supposed to liberally construe the statutes in the claimant's favor .. not the employer's.
It should be no more than four weeks, but some of the people who have posted to this website or emailed me, say they have waiting two months.
There are federal guidelines which impose what a reasonable length of time is to complete each segment of the "claims process". Although I don't know exactly what the federal limitation are, I have been told by hearing officers when being denied a postponement request that they are supposed to do their best to complete the appeal process in 30 days.
A failure to do so, in too many individual cases would become part of a states "performance statistics" which could have an effect on the grants states receive to run their UI program .. which is paid for with FUTA taxes employers pay.
I'm glad to hear you have an attorney and I hope it all works out for you.
You're right $196 a week isn't much, but it's better than $0.
Florida should consider raising their taxable wage base so benefits wouldn't be so puny!!