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State Unemployment Laws and Free Resources to Explain What Those Laws Actually Mean to You

If you are an employee / claimant, or even the occasional employer to, I know trying to figure out how unemployment laws work in reality, becomes easier when a state, or our federal government, offers additional free resources to explain the intent behind unemployment statutes .. that absolutely vary .. when it comes time to interpret who was at fault for a job separation. 

Knowing if you qualify monetarily for unemployment benefits is a matter of math and individual state formulas for computing how much,  but it is the subsequent non-monetary issue about what caused a separation that determines if the employee will be denied or found initially eligible to collect unemployment benefits  

So ya, how unemployment insurance benefits work in reality to find the one at fault whether the cause for separation was a voluntary quit, or discharge for misconduct .. can also be what caused one of my mini-rants .. when I answering questions, like a madwoman and couldn't believe some of the stories I was hearing from those I actually spoke with about getting benefits.

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What's  the point of unemployment administrative law agencies dispensing unemployment laws anyway?

2016 Unemployment Law Comparison Charts ..

Thank goodness the United States Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration thought it a good idea to explain state by state, how unemployment laws work in general and often differently.   

DOLETA updates the State Unemployment Law Comparison Charts each year .. because laws can change without warning, or notice to impact employees and employers.   

On a personal note, let me just say, I found the charts invaluable at a time when I wasn't sure I would ever learned how to work on appeal hearings well enough, to not end up fired for poor performance.

Depending on the point of view I'm feeling .. that I finally got it,  might be a fortunate, or unfortunate turn of events.

Of course, once you check out the charts, it can very well make you want to dig deeper.   So, further down this page,  I've got a slew of links to more additional free resources I also use.  

I apologize for the mess of links, (I'm working on that)  but  I think Precedent Decision Manuals, Decision Digests, sometimes referred to as Interpretive Indexes, are even more revealing about individual state unemployment statutes.

PS   Some states have a real tendency of moving free resources around, and then not tell us where they moved the good stuff to .. or if it was eliminated entirely.

So  please, if you find a broken link or one happens to take you to a .gov website that causes your browser, or anti-virus program to freak out (like DOLETA did to me recently,  let me know.

I don't think free resources should be hidden from view, but put right in front of us .. even before we apply for benefits to remind us that UI, although not rocket science, is in fact, a type of quasi-legal administrative law .. full of rules .. we really should know, if we want to make it work better than it does now .. as the "economic safety net" it's been intended to be, since 1935

2017's Comparison Charts available here.  

State Unemployment Laws (Aka Employment Security Acts) 

I need help with these links.  They move them around as often as I pick up clutter of my bathroom counter.

I recently called (3/28/17) the NY board,  and asked where the heck they moved their  "interpreservice page".  

Please, if you find a broken link please email me.

I'm more than willing to be the PITA for  you with any state who might wish you couldn't find information.

And by the way .. if you find any other official resources you thought was helpful, let me know .. I'll add it. 



The state of Alabama is not forthcoming with any sort of information I call useful .. at least not to an unemployed person .. but here's where I found Alabama's UI statutes.

Alabama Unemployment Statutes


Alaska is one of the three states in the country that when an employee tell me they didn't get benefits they had to pay an unemployment tax for .. I know they are correct. 

This may also be the reason, Alaska unemployment recipiency rate, is consistently higher than most other states.

Alaska Unemployment Statues


Arizona unemployment is indicative of what has happened in many states to reduce recipients of benefits to the lowest levels ever.  Arizona, has one of the lowest maximum weekly unemployment benefits amount in the country as well.

It's also one of a handful of states that makes finding affordable representation at an unemployment appeal hearing, a bigger challenge, that is..  if you're the claimant in the matter.


AZ Administrative Code 


Arkansas Unemployment Statutes

 Precedent Decisions
California UIBDG (good one)

CDLE Reference Library


Delaware - Do you know where





Illinois Unemployment Law Handbook


Iowa Adjudication Guide





Maryland                                                                Decision Digest

Massachusetts                                                DUA Service Rep Manual

Decision Digest







New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico                                         Precedents

New York                                                 

North Carolina Statues

NC Precedent Manual

North Dakota

Ohio Statutes                             Precedent  Abstract

Oklahoma                                   Precedent Manual



Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota


Texas                                                 Precedents



Precedent Manual

Washington State

Washington DC

West Virginia

Wisconsin                                    Precedents


Many discussions in the  Q&A's  link to specific pages  in many of the resources to help explain the reasoning behind any answer or question I might of asked.

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