You count on your regular work checks to pay for your monthly expenses such as rent, food, and other living expenses. When you are suddenly unemployed, you may be seriously financially impacted. If you were employed in Pennsylvania and were terminated or laid off through no fault of your own, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits. There are two main things to consider when determining unemployment –whether you are eligible to receive it and if so, the amount of unemployment that you should receive. An experienced Pennsylvania employment attorney will assist you in evaluating your situation and in helping you get the benefits you deserve.
Eligibility for Unemployment Benefits
In order to be eligible for unemployment benefits, you must have been employed for a total of at least 680 hours in the last year. Your unemployment must be due to circumstances that were not your fault. For instance, you may have been laid off or been terminated due to reasons that were not caused by your own misconduct.
In some circumstances, you may be able to collect unemployment if you quit your job if it was due to a specific cause that was not your fault. In addition, you must be able to work and you must be actively seeking employment for the duration of time that you are obtaining benefits.
Understanding Unemployment Benefits
To determine unemployment benefits, each case is reviewed for specific criteria. The base period will be established using the earliest four of the last five calendar quarters prior to filing the claim. You must meet the criteria during the base period in order to be eligible for unemployment benefits. You must have earned no less than $116.00 per week during 18 weeks of the base period for a total of $1,688.00 for the quarter and $3,991.00 for the entire base period.
If you meet the requirements, you may be eligible for benefits. The weekly benefit is half of your weekly wages up to a cap of $573.00. The total length of time that benefits will be paid is 26 weeks or one-half of a year.
How an Employment Attorney can Help
Losing your job can be a difficult financial blow. You need to protect your rights and make sure that you obtain the unemployment benefits to which you are entitled. Unemployment laws can be complex and you may not be able to adequately navigate the situation without help from a qualified employment attorney in Pennsylvania.
An employment attorney will review your situation to determine whether you indeed should qualify for unemployment benefits and if so, will assist you in obtaining them. Sometimes there are various factors that need to be clarified in order to ensure that benefits will be provided. Your attorney knows how to file claims and what information to provide in order to make sure that your unemployment benefits are approved.
If your benefits were already denied, your attorney will work to resolve the problem to get you the money you deserve. Do not struggle without the pay that you deserve. Contact HKM Employment Attorneys today to discuss your unemployment benefits.