Millions of Americans make use of unemployment benefits from time to time. It is part of each state’s safety net that ensures that workers do not go into debt, have to file for bankruptcy, or lose their homes simply because they were terminated from their places of employment or because they felt forced to quit due to good cause. When you get laid off by your employer or you quit for good cause, you have the right to file an appeal if your employer refuses to provide you unemployment benefits. These benefits come from employer taxation anyway, not out of your employer’s direct bank account. While your employer may claim that you do not qualify, the real reason that they deny your benefits could be that they simply do not want to further their history of laying off workers. Companies that have laid off more workers who then receive unemployment benefits have to pay more unemployment taxes than employers that keep their employees long term. To file an appeal of your employer’s profit-driven decision, call one of the Kansas City unemployment attorneys with HKM Law Firm today.
Work With an Attorney to Maximize Your Unemployment Benefits
The maximum amount of weekly unemployment compensation in Kansas is $474 per week, paid out at no more than 26 weeks, according to fileunemployment.org. Because of these low maximum financial benefits, it is imperative to magnify the amount that you take home and the duration that you collect these benefits. Unemployment benefits in Kansas are calculated as follows, according to the Department of Labor: Multiply your highest quarter wages from your base period by 4.25%. As such, if you earned $5,600 in the first quarter, $6,000 in the second and third quarter, and $6,900 in the fourth quarter, you would take that fourth quarter’s $6,900 and multiply it by 4.25% to get $293. However, if during your highest paid quarter you made $10,000, you would vastly exceed Kansas’ maximum allotment of $474 per month, which is where you would be capped.
How do I Appeal?
You have 16 days after you have been denied to file an appeal with Kansas courts. Similarly, you have 16 days to appeal an unemployment decision that you do not agree with, such as a lower weekly benefit that what you know to be correct. The appeal must be in writing and submitted to the Kansas Department of Labor. Your attorney will take care of everything once you begin working with them, and you will not have to worry about missing filing deadlines or accidentally harming your chances of a successful appeal.
A Kansas City Unemployment Lawyer is Here to Answer Your Questions
At this time in your life while you are out of work, there are few things more crucial than getting unemployment benefits. Whether you have been denied unemployment benefits or you simply have questions, the experienced Kansas City, Kansas HKM Employment Attorneys LLP can be reached today at (816) 607-4691 to set up a consultation.