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Category Archives: Unemployment Compensation

Pennsylvania State Senators Seek to Further Restrict Unemployment Benefits

By Ira H. Weinstock |

Pennsylvania State Senator Mike Reagan recently introduced legislation seeking to amend the Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation Act (“the Act”) making it more difficult for unemployment Claimants to collect benefits.  Senate Bill No. 473 would amend section 402(b) of the Act which addresses eligibility when Claimants voluntarily leave work.  Under existing law, a Claimant would be… Read More »

What You Should Know About Pennsylvania Unemployment Telephone Hearings

By Ira H. Weinstock |

Last Fall, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry was required to lay off 500 employees who worked for the Unemployment Compensation Bureau as a result of a funding dispute between the state legislature and the Governor’s office.   Many of these employees worked in Unemployment Service Centers throughout the state and others were Unemployment… Read More »

Fault v. Non-Fault Overpayment in Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation

By Ira H. Weinstock |

In the matter of Fugh v. Unemployment Compensation Board of Review, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court addressed whether an unemployment claimant who had incorrectly stated that “lack of work” was the reason for her unemployment could be found to have engaged in conduct which justified a fault overpayment of benefits. Under Pennsylvania Unemployment (UC) law,… Read More »

Pennsylvania Funding Cuts Affect Access to Unemployment Benefits

By Ira H. Weinstock |

Due to state funding cuts to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, the staff at the Unemployment Service Centers which process claims have been significantly reduced.  As a result it has become more difficult for unemployed Pennsylvanians to file claims and to get answers to questions on how to properly address issues that… Read More »

The Pennsylvania Unemployment Law and Financial Eligibility Changes

By Ira H. Weinstock |

When unemployed workers begin the application process for Unemployment Benefits, many take for granted that they will be financially eligible for benefits.  Financial eligibility requires a determination that the employee has worked a sufficient number of “credit weeks” in their “base year” and that they have sufficient earnings in the four quarters of their… Read More »

WHAT IS A TERMINATION PETITION?

By Ira H. Weinstock |

Will a Termination Petition affect my weekly benefits? Not immediately and hopefully never.  If the Employer wins a Termination Petition, the injured workers’ weekly comp checks will stop.  However, the filing of a Termination Petition does not mean wage loss benefits will immediately or ever stop.  The injured workers’ benefits can continue as the… Read More »

Have I Been Wrongfully Discharged?

By Ira H. Weinstock |

We often receive calls from employees who have been “wrongfully terminated” from their jobs. Many of these unfortunate people have performed their jobs for many years without incident and then out of the blue they are let go. Others have been employed for short periods, have had no prior warnings or discipline and they… Read More »

Unemployment Compensation and Quitting Your Job – When is a Quit Not a Quit?

By Ira H. Weinstock |

After an applicant for Unemployment Compensation (UC) Benefits is determined to be financially eligible for benefits, the next step is to determine whether the Eemployee is eligible based on the facts of the separation as applied to the law. The UC service center will gather facts from the Claimant (Employee) and the Employer to… Read More »

Am I Eligible For Unemployment Benefits If I Quit My Job?

By Ira H. Weinstock |

When an employee voluntarily quits their job, they may still be eligible for Unemployment Compensation (UC). Under the Pennsylvania UC law, if an employee quits their job and applies for UC benefits, it is the employee’s burden to establish that they quit their job for a “necessitous and compelling reason.” A common example is… Read More »

Am I Eligible for Unemployment Benefits If I am Sick or Injured?

By Ira H. Weinstock |

When employees are sick or injured and are required to take a leave of absence from their job, but are not terminated from the their job, the Unemployment Compensation (UC) service center will usually determine the Employee’s eligibility for UC benefits under Section 402(b) and Section 401(d)(1). Those sections of the UC law deal with… Read More »

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