The state of Oregon provides unemployment benefits to many of its citizens who are out of work through no fault of their own. However, as with many government programs, the laws surrounding unemployment benefits – who is allowed to claim such benefits, how much they are able to receive, for how long they are eligible to collect the benefits, and the reasons for which their claims may be denied – are quite complicated. On occasion, even if someone should be eligible for unemployment assistance, he or she is denied, and must appeal that decision. Given the complexity of the unemployment benefits scheme, it is important to have an experienced attorney who can help guide you through the process.
If you applied for unemployment benefits and your claim was denied, you are legally entitled to appeal the decision. The Employment Development Department (EDD) will notify you by mail regarding the denial, with instructions and a deadline for filing a notice of intent to appeal. After you have informed the EDD that you want to appeal the decision, a date will be set for a hearing before a judge. A favorable outcome to your appeal can be critical to your financial future. If you have been denied unemployment benefits, consult a Portland employment lawyer to find out more about the appeal process and how to present your case before a judge.
HKM Employment Attorneys is a resourceful employment law firm that can give you pertinent advice regarding an appeal, as well as represent you at your hearing. We have a comprehensive understanding of employment laws, and will be tenacious advocates when pursuing any benefits you are due.
Portland Employment Attorney: Compassionate Legal Representation
The denial of unemployment benefits can be disheartening and cause considerable financial difficulties. Claims are often denied if you voluntarily quit your job. Other reasons for a claim denial, or even just an investigation that could lead to a claim denial, include:
- Being fired or suspended from your job for cause
- Failure to seek employment following your termination
- Not accepting employment that you are qualified for
- Missing an opportunity for work during a week in which you claim benefits
- Missing a scheduled orientation meeting with a WorkSource Oregon office
- Failing to contact or rejecting an employment opportunity referred by a WorkSource Oregon office
- Illness or injury
- Attending school
- Leaving the area, unless you have left to look for work
- Receiving retirement pay, vacation pay, or holiday pay
- Skipping a week without restarting your claim
- Not providing information requested by the EDD
- Providing incomplete, false or misleading information to the EDD
- Answering a question on your weekly claim in a way that raises an issue.
There can be many ways to challenge a denial depending on the circumstances of your particular situation. A knowledgeable attorney from our firm can review your case and discuss all of your legal options. We have helped many clients appeal unemployment benefit denials, and will honestly answer your questions and address your concerns. In addition to an appeal and based on the facts of your case, our lawyers can also discuss the procedures for filing a wrongful termination lawsuit. If your former employer is maliciously trying to disqualify you from unemployment benefits to which you are actually entitled, our attorneys can help defend your rights and can help you seek the benefits you deserve.
Contact a Portland employment law attorney for informed legal counsel and representation when appealing a denial of unemployment benefits.