How to Appeal Unemployment Denials

Individuals who meet specific requirements with their previous employment may be eligible to receive a pay out from federal unemployment insurance.

These benefits are designed to provide individuals with financial support during their period of unemployment. However, in certain situations an application for unemployment insurance can be denied.

In other cases, the amount of benefits that have been issued to an individual can be determined to be more than they were entitled to.

For both of these cases, beneficiaries are encouraged to file an appeal to the Unemployment Insurance Program.

About the Benefits of Unemployment Insurance

The Unemployment Insurance Program is managed by federal and state agencies, and they work to provide unemployed workers with numerous financial benefits.

Workers who are experiencing unemployment and meet specified eligibility guidelines established by state laws may qualify for these benefits.

Generally, this temporary financial assistance is only provided during the period of time it takes an individual to regain employment.

One of the primary requirements to receive benefits from unemployment insurance is for an individual to become unemployed for a reason that is not his or her fault.

How does unemployment insurance work?

Individual states are given the ability to manage their own unemployment benefits program in their own way.

However, these states must adhere to the minimum guidelines for unemployment insurance that have been established by federal regulations.

The guidelines for certain aspects of the program such as the amount of benefits, length of unemployment benefits available and eligibility requirements will vary in each state and depending on each applicant.

In every state, an applicant must meet the federal standards about being under employed or unemployed to qualify for benefits.

Learn About Requirements for Unemployment Insurance

Applicants must meet their state’s eligibility requirements for unemployment insurance in order to receive benefits.

Some requirements that states can enforce are a minimum period of time that applicants must have worked, and/or a minimum amount of wages they must have earned.

Furthermore, the applicant must have lost their employment through no fault of their own. Applicants who were fired for their own actions will likely be denied the benefits of unemployment insurance.

In order to apply for unemployment benefits, applicants must contact their state’s unemployment insurance agency as soon as they lose employment.

During the application, individuals must provide identifying information such as the name and address of their previous employers.

They will also be required to provide the dates where they were employed and the reason why they no longer have employment.

Many states provide applicants with the opportunity to apply for unemployment online or over the phone.

However, all applicants must apply in the state where they previously held employment.

All applicants should only provide accurate information on their applications for unemployment benefits.

Applicants who have been found to provide falsified information on their application can be denied benefits, asked to pay any overpayments and more.

In some cases, providing false information to the unemployment agency can result in a fraud charge.

Denials on Applications for Unemployment Benefits

Once an individual submits their application for unemployment benefits, their state unemployment agency will make a decision based on the information provided.

Applicants will receive a notice about the agency’s final decision in the mail.

There are numerous reasons why an application for unemployment benefits may be denied such as:

  • The applicant left their job without an acceptable cause.
  • The applicant was fired from work for misconduct or misbehavior on the job.
  • Some states may require an applicant to have willingly quit or other specific situations.
  • The applicant was unable to maintain a job or is unavailable for work. Many states have a work requirement for unemployment benefits.
  • The applicant provided inaccurate information on their benefits application.

Learn About Unemployment Benefits Overpayment

In certain scenarios, an unemployment agency may overpay the unemployment insurance to a beneficiary.

One example can occur if an unemployment payment is made, but an applicant’s employer files a claim or appeal that causes the benefits to be denied.

Even if a worker initially receives unemployment benefits, they will be responsible for paying back the amount if they are later denied benefits. This is one major reason for cases of overpayment.

In addition, an overpayment of benefits can occur if an applicant used false information in order to receive unemployment benefits and the fraudulent information is discovered later.

In these cases, beneficiaries are obligated to pay back all of the benefits that they received due to their fraudulent applications.

Furthermore, beneficiaries who find and accept a new job will have to report their employment to their state’s unemployment agency.

Failure to report the new job can also be a cause for overpayment in benefits.

How to File an Appeal for an Unemployment Claim

The process to file an appeal for unemployment varies depending on which the individual is filing the appeal.

As such, program members are encouraged to research the unemployment laws in their area before they file an appeal with a local agency.

Many states also have an established period of time where appeals are allowed to be filed. Make sure you are aware of the local rules and regulations for unemployment before filing an appeal.

Many states offer residents multiple methods of filing unemployment appeals. Most commonly, people choose to file an appeal at an unemployment agency or online, but may states also accept appeals over the phone or in writing.

Individuals filing appeals will need to fill out paperwork with information such as their name, social security number and employer’s name.

They may also be asked to provide a brief explanation as to why they are filing an appeal in the first place.

Once an unemployment agency receives an appeal, they will review the information and mail back a written decision to the individual.

In cases where unemployment insurance has been denied due to a previous employer, applicants can file an appeal and request a hearing.

Hearings about unemployment appeals will take place in the state’s office of appeals.

A judge will provide the claimant and employer with an opportunity to present and defend their case.

Afterwards, the judge will be make a final decision regarding the contents of the appeal.