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Am I Eligible for Unemployment Benefits?

Unemployment insurance is available in all states in accordance with the federal unemployment insurance program. However, each state has the autonomy to make its own rules regarding eligibility and administer the program according to its own laws.

Generally, in order to be eligible for unemployment compensation you must:

  • Have lost your job through no fault of your own
  • Have worked for a minimum amount of time at your job as defined in state law (most states require that you have worked for four out of the last five quarters)
  • Have earned at least a certain amount of wages during the base period
  • Be physically able to work (meaning you are not receiving disability benefits)
  • Be actively looking for work and ready and able to accept offers of employment

If you are eligible and receive unemployment benefits, you will likely have to periodically recertify your eligibility. This is because unemployment insurance is designed to only provide temporary relief.

Can I Appeal a Denial of Unemployment Insurance?

You have the right to appeal a denial of unemployment insurance benefits. Your appeal must be filed within the time limits required by your state's law. This is usually a matter of days or weeks, therefore, you should file your appeal quickly, so you do not lose your right to appeal.

In some cases, your appeal will be handled over the phone, and, in other cases, a hearing will be scheduled with an administrative law judge. If you need to file an appeal, it is wise to discuss your options with an employment lawyer.

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