Unemployment benefits ensure that workers who are no longer working for their employers for reasons outside of their control are compensated on a weekly basis.
1Reasons For Denial of Benefits
When your claims are initially denied it is probably because of one of these reasons:
• You quit your job voluntarily – If you quit your job, whether or not you qualify for unemployment depends upon your reasons for quitting. The state agency’s decision to deny you the benefits is because your reasons for quitting didn’t qualify.
• You were dismissed for misconduct – Though you were fired it doesn’t necessarily mean that you don’t qualify for unemployment benefits. However, you may be denied if your employer fired you for reasons that meet the state law’s definition of misconduct.
• During the base period your earnings or work were insufficient – In each state there are work requirement or earnings that must be met. If you don’t meet them, the agency may deny your claims for unemployment benefits.
You may have secured some income from sources that are irrelevant to these requirements e.g. side businesses, etc., and your employer may have reported your earnings inaccurately. The following are the procedures to follow when you are appealing for unemployment benefits:
2Establish Your Appeal Time Frame
Establish the amount of time available for your appeal. You should begin by going through your denial letter to find out how much time you have to make an appeal. Depending on the state you reside in this length of time ranges anywhere between 30 and 45 days. The letter should also inform you of the reason behind the denial of your benefits.
3Write a Detailed Appeals Letter
The next step should be to write an appeals letter addressed to the sender of your denial letter – this should be done well and must be completed before the set expiration due date. In the letter you should explain why you are opposed to the decision and also request for a hearing for the matter. You may find it necessary to explain that you’ll be hiring an attorney or representing yourself, but if this decision isn’t made at the time of writing the letter you can inform the appeals division about it before the date of your hearing...