Am I eligible to receive benefits?
There are several qualifying factors which must be met before you can receive unemployment compensation in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
First, you must have sufficient qualifying wages and a minimum of 18 credit weeks in your base year. A credit week is defined as any calendar week within the base year in which you earned a certain amount. The base year is generally defined as the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters prior to the date of the application.
Second, you must have a “qualifying separation” (which generally means the separation from employment was not your fault), and you must be willing and able to accept suitable work and not refuse such work when offered.
Your eligibility for benefits cannot be predetermined. Rather, it is based on the information you and your former employer provide once the application for benefits has been filed. Therefore, it is very important to be accurate with this information.
Should your unemployment compensation claim be denied, Pennsylvania law provides an appeal process to ensure that you receive a fair hearing, and Attorney Getsinger may be able to represent you before the Unemployment Compensation Referee or Board of Review. If your claim is denied, don’t give up!
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