If you have been laid off, there’s understandably a lot of uncertainty as to your financial future. But it’s possible to get unemployment compensation for up to 26 weeks to help hold you and your family over. Give our unemployment lawyers and paralegals a call and we can help you.
You are eligible for unemployment compensation if you were laid off or compelled by your employer to quit. Voluntarily quitting or getting fired for “willful misconduct” will not qualify you for compensation. The Unemployment Compensation Referee will determine which of these apply to you and whether you are eligible or not.
You will also need to have worked for a certain number of weeks and received a minimum amount of pay from your employer. Certain categories of workers, such as agricultural, domestic and other workers, are not eligible.
After the local Unemployment Office has determined that you earned and worked sufficient amounts and were laid off for a reason other than willful misconduct, they will approve your application. But the requirements aren’t over: as long as you are on unemployment, you will need to participate in re-employment services, you must be able and available to accept suitable work and you may not refuse offered work without a good cause.
HOW WE CAN HELP
Should your claim be denied, or your employer contests the claim and requests a hearing, we can represent you at the Referee hearing. If the Referee’s decision is challenged before the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review, we can represent you there as well if your case has merit.
THE COUNTRY COURT PROCESS
Hearings occur at the Unemployment Compensation Referee offices. Here are some of those offices nearby:
Washington Referee Office
90 W. Chestnut Street, Suite 125UL
Washington, PA 15301-4524
Pittsburgh Referee Office
301 5th Avenue, Suite 340
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Johnstown Referee Office
319 Washington Street, Suite 226
Johnstown, PA 15901
Greensburg Referee Office
144 N. Main Street, Suite 1B
Greensburg, PA 15601-4497
Initial and bi-weekly claims can be made online at www.uc.pa.gov.
For more online information, go to www.palawhelp.org.