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California Unemployment Lawyer

Unemployment benefits are an invaluable resource for many of us in times of need. This temporary benefit is designed to help unemployed individuals while they search for more work. California’s unemployment rate is currently at 5.5 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. California’s Employment Development Department (EDD) is responsible for administering unemployment benefits to those who are eligible. While receiving unemployment benefits, individuals must currently be seeking employment. There are other key elements of being eligible for a claim to be accepted. Contact our California unemployment lawyers as soon as possible, as UI claims and denial appeals need to be taken care of quickly.

Eligibility for Unemployment Insurance

As recognized by the Employment Development Department, all eligibility requirements must be met at the time of filing an unemployment insurance (UI) claim. The following UI requirements are listed below. The individual filing must:

  • Have accumulated enough wages during base time of employment to establish a claim;
  • Be fully or partially unemployed;
  • Be unemployed through no fault of their own;
  • Actively be searching for work;
  • Be physically capable of work, available to work, and ready to accept work if they find it; and
  • Be training-approved in advance of training benefits being paid.

To begin the process of filing for unemployment, contact the unemployment attorneys of Scott • Wagner and Associates today to discuss your options and for assistance in navigating this technical administrative process. The minimum weekly unemployment benefit allotment in California is $40, while the maximum is $450 per week. Our attorneys can help ensure that you receive the maximum amount that your previous wages and time of employment will allow.

Quitting or Being Terminated from a Job

The EDD allows for a phone interview for those who file for UI benefits after being terminated from their job or quitting. After gathering all the available data from the specific circumstances of the case, the EDD interviewer will make a determination on whether or not UI benefits will be administered. However, both the employer and the employee have the opportunity to appeal the decision. If you have been denied benefits, an experienced unemployment attorney from the law firm of Scott • Wagner and Associates can help streamline your chances for a beneficial outcome.

Unemployment Fraud

Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for an unsuspecting worker to get tangled in a fraudulent and unfortunate circumstance by not knowing the laws that apply to his or her UI benefits. For example, if you receive UI benefits and return to work without reporting your new wages or job to the EDD, you may be charged with fraud, which has a wide range of punishments that includes large fines and imprisonment. Supplying false information in a UI claim is also fraudulent. Our attorneys can help you avoid these serious issues and more.

Contact our California unemployment lawyers as soon as possible, as UI claims and denial appeals need to be taken care of quickly. Call the California office of Scott • Wagner and Associates.

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