Denial of unemployment benefits can send any recently terminated employee into a tailspin. But even if you’ve just lost your job and thought you would qualify for severance or unemployment insurance benefits only to be denied, you have options.
That said, navigating the appeals process with the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board (CUIAB) isn’t always easy, and proving your case often takes extra work. Consider hiring an employment attorney who specializes in employment law to represent you throughout the process.
Do I Need a Lawyer for an Unemployment Appeal?
Whether to hire a law firm to handle the unemployment appeal process is up to you, but hiring an attorney who specializes in employment law can make it easier to navigate the process.
Many aspects of apparel hearings at a CUIAB office—including providing written documentation to support your arguments and meeting deadlines—can be demanding. A lawyer better understands nuances of the law and the appeals process, and they can also add credibility to your claims, especially when it comes to meeting with administrative law judges or superior courts.
What Does an Unemployment Lawyer Do?
When you hire an unemployment attorney to represent your unemployment appeal, you can expect them to:
- Understand the terms of your termination to confirm eligibility for unemployment benefits
- Navigate the appeals process specifically based on the local court system in San Diego
- Provide written documentation to the courts
- Meet deadlines for all appeals
- Represent you in hearings and superior court proceedings as needed
What Should I Say on My Unemployment Appeal?
When you prepare your unemployment claims appeal for the Employment Development Department (EDD), make sure you:
- Clarify the terms of your termination and why you believe you are still eligible for unemployment
- Specify what you expect to happen with your appeal
- Outline your previous earnings accompanied by federal and state tax records to validate how much you believe you are expected to receive from unemployment
Also, provide an update on the required certification questions:
- Have you been sick or injured, or is there any other reason you cannot work?
- Have you been looking for a job?
- Have you refused any work?
- Have you begun school or training?
- Did you earn any money?
Contact HKM Today
If you’ve recently lost your job, HKM Employment Attorneys would be happy to help you navigate the process of collecting unemployment or appealing your former employers’ claims of termination. Call us to review your unemployment appeal and explore whether your case is a legal issue worth pursuing, as well as to learn more about your rights as an employee in California.
Our law office is experienced with navigating the unemployment process with the CUIAB office and EDD. And our employment lawyers have expert knowledge of both local and federal laws governing Southern California workplaces. These include but are not limited to:
- Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
HKM Employment Attorneys have offices in San Diego and across the U.S. Our lawyers are ready to assist with any of your unemployment appeal questions and can offer a Consultation.