Need Help Seeking Unemployment Benefits?
If your former employer denied your unemployment application, you need to seek out legal assistance to help you obtain the benefits you desperately need. A highly qualified Washington employment attorney can explain the unemployment appeals process and your options for seeking unemployment benefits even after your employer has denied your claim. Your future depends on securing adequate unemployment benefits. Speak with a Washington employment law attorney from HKM Employment Attorneys today to discuss your options.
Determining Eligibility for Unemployment Benefits
Although the unemployment rate fluctuates, thousands of individuals in Washington remain unemployed. Many of these individuals depend on unemployment benefits to meet their basic financial needs following job termination. When an application is denied, the question arises: Was the claim wrongfully denied, or was the employee simply not eligible to receive unemployment benefits? It is important to know that not all employees are eligible for unemployment benefits. Eligibility depends on a number of factors, which include the circumstances behind the termination, employee status, and other factors. If your unemployment benefits claim has been wrongfully denied, you can seek to appeal this decision. A qualified employment law attorney can assist you in finding out more about the complicated appeals process.
Unemployment Appeals Lawyer Serving Washington
Unemployment benefits in Washington are administered by the Employment Security Department of Washington state. They are intended to partially replace regular income while you look for work, and you may file a weekly claim for the period of 52 weeks, starting with the week that you filed your application. The amount you receive is based upon your earnings in your base year, and can range from $148 at a minimum and $624 at a maximum. Your “base year” is defined as the first 4 of the last 5 calendar quarters before the week your claim is filed. The funds for the program are provided by Washington state employers through taxes. In order to be eligible for unemployment benefits, you must:
- Have been employed for at least 680 hours in the base year in covered employment.
- Be unemployed for a reason that was not your fault. For example, you must have been laid off, had your hours cut, were fired for a reason other than misconduct, or quit for a good cause reason.
- Able to work
- Actively seeking employment
- Legally allowed to work in the United States
In the event that your initial claim is denied, you have a right to appeal the determination. You have 30 days from the date on your determination letter to file an appeal. If you appeal, you will have a hearing before an administrative law judge in order to state your case. The best way to maximize your chances of successfully appealing an adverse decision is to retain the services of an experienced Washington employment law attorney.
You can obtain more information by reading the Handbook for Unemployed Workers available here.
When thousands of dollars in benefits are on the line, it is important to have a legal advocate on your side ready to fight for your rights as an employee. Our legal team knows how to skillfully represent clients in unemployment appeals. The unemployment appeals process can be complicated and drawn-out, oftentimes involving complex procedural details before a judge. Our firm has the experience necessary to drive the process and seek a successful resolution to your denied benefits claim. No matter what your situation may be, you and your family need unemployment benefits. Our firm can help you obtain the benefits you need to safeguard your future. Speak with one of our attorneys today.
Contact a Washington unemployment appeals attorney today if you have been denied unemployment benefits.