There are several reasons and grounds for denying an unemployment claim. Unemployment benefits are meant to provide a temporary income for people who lose their jobs for reasons not of their own doing. Nonetheless, to receive the benefits, you should first meet the eligibility that applies in your state. Every state has its own unemployment compensation program, thus it is necessary to review these requirements that apply in your area.
Some grounds for denying unemployment claims may include the following:
1. Only those workers previously employed in positions for which the employers paid unemployment taxes may be eligible for the benefits. Those who were self-employed or working as independent contractors will not be able to receive benefits.
2. You should have earned sufficient wages during a certain time frame or the base period before becoming unemployed. If you have insufficient wages, you may not qualify.
3. Unable to document previous earnings could lead to unemployment denial. Unemployment benefits applicants are usually asked to give documentation of the wages earned during the base period for eligibility. If you are unable to provide this written proof through your W-2 form, you could be denied of the claim.
4. Every state has a maximum time during which people can collect unemployment for a year. For instance, in some states, people cannot collect benefits exceeding t26 weeks during a 52 week period. When the annual limit is reached, additional benefits will not be given.
5. If you resigned from your job, you will not be eligible for the compensation.
6. If you are dismissed for misconduct, you cannot avail of the unemployment benefits. This may include offenses such as tardiness, theft, failure to follow instructions, endangering fellow workers and other problematic actions.
7. If you are not working because of a labor dispute like strike, you will not be paid unemployment benefits.
8. You must be actively looking for a job to be able to receive unemployment benefits. Moreover, you should be available to accept proper employment immediately when it is offered.