Where to File Your Claim

If you have not filed for your unemployment insurance, we recommend that you complete your application immediately. For your convenience, we have listed the website links and contact information for each state below. Alabama Alabama Department of Industrial Relations By Phone: 1-866-234-5382 Online: Alaska Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development By Phone: 1-888-252-2557 […]


If you receive the Referee’s decision and you do not agree with it, you can appeal to the Employment Security Board of Review.  If you disagree with the decision based on new information, you should first contact the Referee and ask to have the case reopened. The Board of Appeals consists of three members. There […]


If you win your appeal, you will receive payments even if your former employer appeals the decision.  If the final decision at the appeal if not in your favor, you will have to pay back the benefits you received since the appeal.  The Referee’s letter will be sent to the Administrator who will advise you […]


The Referee will mail a written decision to you. You should continue to file claims until you receive the decision from the Referee. Keep in mind, the Referee’s decision does not take into account your financial need.  The Referee will only consider the facts presented and make a decision. The Unemployment Benefit is designed to […]


The Hearings are very informal.  The Referee will introduce himself and explain the procedures.  It may include the initial report that was made by Unemployment personnel.  You will be given the opportunity to present your side of the equation but if it differs greatly from what the Referee sees, be prepared to explain why.  All […]


When an appeal is filed, you will receive notification in the mail.  This will happen if you file the appeal or if your former employer does. Most cases are heard by Appeals within 30 days of filing with most cases heard within two weeks.  The Notice of Hearing before a Referee will give you the […]


You have only 21 calendar days from the date of the Administrator’s decision to file your unemployment appeal.  If your appeal is late, it can be denied just on the basis of missing your appeal timeframe. Remember that your former employer can file an appeal on an approved unemployment benefit.  Employers pay into the Unemployment […]


Involuntary retirement may be perceived as voluntary however if you are still able to perform substation work, you may qualify for unemployment benefits.  Your employer may attempt to say that your retirement is voluntary.  Make sure that you provide your employer with any evidence that you have that proves that you were retired.  You should […]


If your hours have been reduced, you are only partially employed.  You may still be able to receive unemployment benefits during this status.  If your hours are reduced and your income is reduced by twenty percent or more, it is most like a legally sufficient especially when it is coupled with a less favorable shift […]


Plan of Attack Layoffs usually come from a downsize or restructure of the company you work for.  Depending on the type of business your employer is in, there may be many different buyouts.  Some will reduce the staff and may put you in a situation of being laid off or even a reduction of hours.  […]