Unemployment benefits are available for those who have been terminated from employment. However, in some cases an employer may deny an unemployment application. If you were denied unemployment you may be able to file an appeal to obtain the compensation that you are owed. An experienced Pennsylvania employment law attorney will help determine your options and answer your questions concerning unemployment concerns.
Eligibility for Unemployment
When an employee is no longer employed, he or she may apply for unemployment benefits. The employee must meet some criteria in order to be considered for unemployment. If you meet the criteria yet were denied unemployment benefits, you may need to file an appeal to obtain the benefits you deserve.
There are many factors that are considered when you file for unemployment. Some of these include your employee status, the reason for the termination, and many other circumstances. If you filed an unemployment claim and have been wrongfully denied, you may have to take further action.
First and foremost, you must meet the eligibility requirements in place to seek unemployment benefits. Your base earnings will be calculated by reviewing the last four out of five calendar quarters just prior to your claim. You must have been employed for a minimum of 680 hours during the past year. Unemployment may be due to one of a variety of reasons, but it cannot be due to your own misconduct. You may have been laid off or terminated or have had your work hours substantially decreased.
In some cases, an unemployment claim might be denied because the reason for you leaving the company was not clearly substantiated. In some instances, you may be entitled to unemployment benefits even if you were the one who quit your job as long as it was for good cause. Some unemployment benefit claims are straightforward, but other times they could be rather complicated.
When a claim is complex, it might be easily denied. Then it is up to you to appeal the decision and try to prove that you meet the eligibility requirements for unemployment benefits. This can be more easily accomplished with assistance from a skilled employment law attorney with expertise handling these types of claims in Pennsylvania.
Help Resolving a Problem with Unemployment Benefits
If you were denied unemployment benefits, the first step is to seek guidance from a Pennsylvania employment attorney. Your lawyer will immediately assess the situation and make sure that you meet the criteria for unemployment. Sometimes a situation can be complicated, and you may have been wrongfully denied benefits. Your lawyer will find out exactly why your claim was denied and then work to prove that you are indeed supposed to receive benefits.
An unemployment denial can be appealed through the proper channels. At HKM Employment Attorneys, LLP, we have years of experience handling nothing but employee claims. We understand how to resolve even the most difficult situations to help you get the money you are owed. Contact the legal team at HKM Employment Attorneys, LLP to learn how we can help you get the benefits you earned.