Losing a job is one of the greatest challenges in today’s economic difficulties and it certainly affects the lives of your dependents. However, the unemployment claims has been established to help people who lost their job without their fault to get weekly benefits to sustain them while they are looking for a new job.

Nevertheless, there are instances when an unemployment claim is denied. When this happens, it is important to file for an appeal if you think that the denial is unjust. If you are actively seeking for a job and you have been denied of your unemployment claims, it could either be you do not earn enough wages or terminated due to misconduct or you quit work without a reasonable cause.

If you are denied of your claim due to insufficient wages, you have to gather all materials you can use to prove that you are eligible for unemployment such as W-2 forms, check stubs and letters from your boss. Determine whether the materials could justify your appeal. Check out the formula from the unemployment website of your state or call the office and ask. Make a draft letter of appeal and include the additional materials and a statement that shows how you reassessed your unemployment eligibility. Mail your letter along with a copy of the denial notification to the appellate division of your states unemployment office.

If the reason for denial is you are terminated for misconduct or left your job without a good cause, you should search your state laws that are relevant to the decision. Get a copy of the digest used as reference for the decision and note cases that is similar to yours and the definition of good cause and misconduct implemented in your state. Gather additional materials to help your case including employee evaluations, work schedules and first-hand testimonies. Make a draft letter of appeal, include any relevant information, and show how the definition of good cause or misconduct was inappropriately applied in the decision. You will receive notification in two weeks time whether your appeal is accepted and you have to prepare for your hearing later.

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