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past unemployment dues

by Jon
(Joliet)

I recently won an appeal for unemployment and I did not certify any of my 9 weeks that I was not working. I recently went to the local IDES office and was told I am not eligible for compensation for those 9 weeks, how do I fight this ruling and get my past 9 weeks unemployment checks?




You can of course fight it if you want to, but it is not going to work.

To receive benefits for those 9 weeks you must have filed a timely continuing claim for benefits in each of those weeks. If you did not you must have good cause for not filing.

This is true in all states .. you must continue to file claims while waiting for an appeal hearing that reverses in your favor.

They tell you this in the instructions you received.

I know it's little consolation, but just be glad you weren't in the position of receiving benefits for nine weeks and then losing them when an employer appealed and won. Then you could expect an overpayment notice in the mail.

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Also made the same mistake of not certifying right away.
by: Mary

Thanks for answering my question to save me from calling IDES tomorrow - they do not answer the phone anyway. I believe that I was confused about this process of certifying for benefits too, and when I was initially denied benefits just gave up and said forget it I need to just focus on getting a job. When I was not getting any calls for interviews I got scared and decided to appeal the initial denial and surprisingly won. Now I know that I will not receive any compensation for those un-certified weeks. I guess we all learn from our mistakes.

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