Unemployment Insurance Claims


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As a small business owner, you are subject to your state’s Unemployment Insurance laws. If an employee has been let go without willful misconduct, he or she may be entitled to Unemployment Benefits. The more that the state pays for your former employees’ Unemployment Benefits, the more you will pay in premiums for all of your employees.

When a former employee applies for Unemployment Benefits, you will be contacted by the state to provide basic information like the hire date, separation date, wages, and the reason for separation. At times, there will be disagreement between you and your former employee over the cause for the termination, especially if you claim that the employee was terminated for willful misconduct or if the employee claims that he or she quit for good cause. When there is disagreement, the state will conduct a hearing.

You do not necessarily need an attorney to attend that hearing for you. However, you should have an attorney review the facts of the termination and help you prepare for the hearing. Sometimes, the Unemployment hearing is a prelude to a potentially larger employee claim, which needs to be analyzed carefully to understand whether you have serious potential exposure.

The small business lawyers at DailyGC™ have years of experience analyzing and defending employee claims for Unemployment Benefits. We will help you to understand the ramifications of a contested claim and prepare you for the hearing, and we will flag those claims that may have more serious implications to your company.

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At DailyGC, we provide legal advice and counsel on the full range of legal problems and legal-related business issues that small businesses and startups routinely face in their management, sales, operations and administration. The following are examples of these kinds of problems. You may use these descriptions on your Priority Issues Identifier Form� or you may write your own descriptions.
Business Contracts and Relations:
� Customer Contracts and Disputes
� Vendor Contracts and Disputes
� Collections
� Bank/Lender Relations and Issues
� Landlord/Tenant Relations and Issues
� Bonding/Insurance
� Nondisclosure and Confidentiality Agreements
� Procurement and Management of Outside Counsel
� Recruiting/Hiring Practices
� Employment Agreements
� Employee Compensation and Benefits
� Employee Manuals, Policies and Procedures
� Compliance with Government-Required Benefits Programs
� Payroll Compliance with Court Orders
� Discrimination and Harassment Claims
� Management and Discipline of Problem Employees
� Terminations
� Unemployment Insurance Claims
� COBRA Procedures
� Hiring Independent Contractors
Dispute Resolution:
� Case Analysis and Assessment
� Mediation/Arbitration
� Strategies for Litigation, Discovery and Negotiation
� Settlement Analysis
General Corporate:
� Entity formation
� Corporate Governance and Record-Keeping
� Shareholder Relations
� Compliance with Governmental Regulations
� Compliance with Corporate Contractual Obligations
� Contract Review, Analysis and Negotiation Coaching