Unemployment laws, just like other federally mandated state laws connected to at-will employment have lots of gray areas that allow a statute, or provision to be interpreted differently, depending on the perspective one takes when reading the law. State by state, unemployment statutes are interpreted by the regulatory agency charged with the responsibility of writing regulations, so it can dispense it's own laws in an administrative law fashion.
So .. when I could find other resources, such as regulations, or unemployment decision digests, to help explain how a state's employment security act is intended to work .. I included those links as well.
Fact is, after nearly two decades of yapping about unemployment benefits, I've never once thought it was time for me to stop asking questions, I thought might lead me to information about eligibility being possible, or if ineligibility might be more probable.
I can't tell you how relieved I was when an employee who coordinated hearings, I stumbled on the State Unemployment Law Comparison Charts at the United States Department of Labor - Employment and Training Administration (DOLETA) .. and all because I changed the way I was googling a question I'd been asked by an employer.
I felt like I'd struck bookmark gold and have repeatedly visited the multiple charts since.
As an employee, I also used some of the charts to help with another unspoken job duty .. try to convince an employer why they may want to withdraw their appeal of someone's benefits.
We even had an acronym for what caused this sort of appeal. ATS - appeal to save.
Save what? An employer's right to have an appeal hearing .. whether benefits resulted from not providing enough available information at the initial claim adjudication level, or facts be damned .. as far as the employer was concerned.
The USDOL generally updates it's UI Law Comparison Charts yearly, sometime around midsummer, to reflect any changes a State might of made to it's Unemployment Laws .. or regulations.
The unfortunate thing about free official government information resources, is how often the links seem to break.
Should you find a broken link on this page, I's appreciate an email, just so I know what's broken and can attempt to find where the information went to.
The state of Alabama is not forthcoming with useful information about it's regulations but here's the link to Alabama's UI statutes and it's own FAQ's
Alaska is a touch on the unique side of unemployment laws in one way it varies from other states. Alaska is one of three states in this country I cannot disagree with if they tell me they were denied benefits after paying into unemployment all their working life . They do, but that doesn't explain that claim when made in 47 other states.
Arizona, has one of the lower maximum weekly unemployment benefits in the country.
It's also one of a handful of states that makes finding affordable representation for an unemployment appeal hearing a bigger challenge for claimants
Arizona is one of two states that do allow non-attorney representation at tribunal hearings, but the challenge for a claimant, is the non-attorney must possess a supervisory letter from an Arizona attorney.
I think California does a good job of supplying information I think is helpful, for those needing to understand if, how and why, they may be able to receive unemployment benefits.
Delaware - Do you know where
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.