Unemployment Denial

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Many people find themselves out of work for no fault of their own. While the paycheck stops, your bills do not.

You may be eligible to receive a weekly unemployment compensation check. Even if you’re still working, but your hours have been reduced, you may also be eligible to receive additional weekly compensation.

Further, if you have been told you are not eligible because you were “fired” rather than laid off, you still may be eligible if your employer violated the law.

Denial of benefits

Usually the process of applying for benefits is straightforward. Unemployment Insurance (UI) provides temporary cash benefits and other services to unemployed workers who are able to work, available for work and actively seeking work. However, you could find your request for benefits challenged by your former employer or the Department of Unemployment Assistance itself.

When this happens, it is best to be represented by an attorney experienced in navigating the bureaucracy and providing you with effective representation at hearings. If DUA determines that you are not eligible to receive UI benefits, you will receive a written Notice of Disqualification. You must file your appeal within 10 calendar days of the mailing date on the notice.

Your right to appeal

Hearings are conducted by review examiners who hold hearings in-person and by telephone. Since your employer could face higher unemployment insurance rates, expect to face a challenge. This is where expert legal representation proves most helpful. If you are denied benefits by an examiner, you may appeal within 30 days to the Board of Review. Another denial can still be appealed to District Court.

You have a right to a lawyer. Don’t go it alone. The experienced team at Edwards Law Offices devotes itself to helping you with your claim.

Call (978) 469-1819 to get the help you deserve.


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