Unemployment Filing and Appeals

Unemployment benefits are based on state and federal programs and designed to help you survive financially until you’re able to secure another positions. At LynchLaw, we help you get your money and fight for your employee rights.

California Employment Law Attorney: Unemployment Qualifications

In order to be eligible for unemployment compensation, your past earnings must meet certain minimum thresholds. In addition, you must be ready, willing and able to take on a new position. The following could disqualify you for unemployment benefits:

  • Fired for serious misconduct, such as stealing
  • Are self-employed
  • Quit without good cause

LynchLaw: Appealing the State’s Decision

Based on the information you and your former employer provide to the state’s unemployment department, the state will render its initial decision. If rejected, you should appeal but must do it within a few weeks of the rejection. If you or your employer objects to the state’s decision, there will be an administrative hearing with a hearing officer from the government. The review board will reevaluate the evidence and then make a determination. Since you only get one shot at it, it’s a smart move to have an experienced employment attorney to help present your case to the review board, especially since the Employer will most likely be represented by their attorney. Attorney Michael Lynch has in-depth knowledge of the state’s laws and regulations and can help you present the best evidence.

Being denied unemployment benefits can lead to a serious financial hardship. And if you’re in a tough job market, it may be some time before you’re able to land another job. Turn to LynchLaw for legal help and let their experience work for you.