If you were terminated from your employment, seek unemployment compensation benefits immediately, which can be done at the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry website. When you apply for UC benefits, your claim will either be accepted or denied. Your employer has the ability to contest your claim for unemployment benefits. If a claim is denied, you have the right to appeal the decision.
In Pennsylvania, there are generally three reasons why your unemployment compensation benefits were denied:
- You voluntarily quit — If you voluntarily quit your job, you are not entitled to UC benefits.
- You were terminated for misconduct — Only terminations that are not the fault of the employee are covered. If your employer had cause to terminate your employment, you are not entitled to unemployment benefits.
- You did not earn sufficient wages — In Pennsylvania, in order to receive UC benefits, you are required to earn at least $50/week for a minimum of 16 weeks. If you have not worked for this amount of time and earned the minimum amount, your UC benefits claim may be denied.
If your unemployment compensation benefits claim has been denied and you believe that the decision was wrong, please contact me so I may file an appeal on your behalf.