When it comes to receiving unemployment benefits, the unemployment office or department of each state has to know the wage history of an applicant to determine the benefit amount he or she is eligible for. This means that the higher salary, the bigger the benefits he or she can get up to the maximum amount allowed.

The representative of the unemployment office will call or email the employer’s side of the story, and then decides whether the worker is eligible to receive unemployment benefits. If the worker quits the job voluntarily without a good reason or terminated because of misconduct, he or she will not qualify for the benefits. In case the employer cites a different reason, the unemployment office will go back to the worker and asks for explanation. A conference on the phone with the employer could be scheduled to resolve the situation.

If the decision is made that a worker is not qualified for unemployment compensation, he or she can make an appeal and if necessary, could take the employer to mediation or court and could be rewarded benefits by the judge. The employed could also appeal a decision that favors the worker. There are cases wherein an employer will try hard to get out of paying benefits since it will raise the company’s insurance premium that the company is required to pay.

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