Unemployment Benefits and Legal Help Resources

With the global pandemic reaching more and more cities, many households are finding themselves struggling financially. Many companies have had to let go of their employees during this time to avoid a total shut down of company. With the new $100 billion coronavirus relief package enacted into place, many of those without work are able to get some financial relief. With this new relief package, there is more funding to unemployment insurance to all Americans.

Unemployment Insurance Administration Gets More Flexible

It has been estimated that approximately 1 in 5 households have already experienced some type of lay off or reduction in work hours due to the global pandemic. The U.S. Department of Labor recently was allowed greater flexibility in determining who qualifies for unemployment insurance benefits. The U.S. Department of Labor administers unemployment programs nationwide. With this new flexibility, most workers are now able to file an unemployment claim for a partial wage replacement if their employer had to reduce their hours or completely shut down due to the pandemic.

Unemployment Attorneys That Can Help

Were you recently denied approval to receive unemployment benefits? Find out if an unemployment attorney could help you. Unemployment attorneys help determine your eligibility for unemployment benefits and if you’re able to challenge a denial. If you decide to challenge an unemployment eligibility denial, you and your ex-employer will need to be represented by a lawyer.

How Does the CARES Act Affect Unemployment Benefits?

With the new CARES act enacted on March 27, 2020, the new law has enacted extra benefits for those who are eligible for unemployment. Some of these new changes include additional $600 per week on top of any state provide unemployment benefits until July 31, 2020.

The new act also allows for up to 13 weeks of unemployment benefits in addition to what your state already provides. Check out this helpful unemployment legal resource on learning more about how the CARES act affects unemployment benefits.

Materials Needed to Collect Unemployment

In order to be eligible for unemployment benefits, there are certain requirements that must be met. These requirements include the following:

  • Must have earned a minimum amount of money or worked a minimum amount of time during a certain time frame before you lost your employment. This time frame is called a base period. It normally is a 12-month period.

  • Secondly, you are only allowed to collect unemployment benefits if you are out of work and it was not your fault. If you lost your job or was terminated due to improper misconduct or work performance, then you will not be eligible to college unemployment benefits. You are only eligible if you lost your job due to circumstances that were not your fault or under your control.

Am I Eligible to Collect Unemployment if I Quit?

Many ask this question when it comes to collecting unemployment benefits. While each state has its own set of guidelines that explain good cause to quit a job. One of the few reasons for quitting a job that most states will accept as a good reason to quit include unsafe working conditions, harassment/discrimination, or refusal to participate in illegal conduct.

Paying for An Unemployment Lawyer

Finding the money to pay for a lawyer during a time when you’re unemployed can be difficult. Check out this helpful resource to see if you could find a pro bono or legal aid unemployment lawyer that could assist you in your case.