Questions that employers frequently ask about unemployment

Who qualifies for unemployment benefits?

Who pays for unemployment insurance?

How can I prevent unnecessary unemployment costs?

What is the definition of misconduct?  Does misconduct disqualify a former employee from unemployment benefits?

Are quits treated differently from discharges with respect to unemployment eligibility determination?

How important is documentation in an unemployment case?

What's the best way to document employee absences and tardies?

What should I do when I receive an unemployment claim?

What should I do if an unemployment hearing is scheduled?

Can I appeal erroneous charges to my account?

What are voluntary contributions, and are they right for my organization?

How can an acquisition or merger affect my organization's unemployment tax rate?


Glossary of unemployment terms

Disclaimer:  The information contained in the examples given on this page is general in nature and is not intended as legal advice.  There are no guarantees that a particular state unemployment adjudicator will rule as others have in the cited examples.  Individuals seeking legal advice concerning the handling of similar matters should consult with their attorney, rather than relying upon the information given.

The purpose of this document is to educate clients and potential clients about unemployment compensation. While some effort has been made to address the many differences in laws and procedures in the 53 different jurisdictions (each of the fifty states plus Puerto Rico, Washington D.C. and the Virgin Islands), the primary purpose of this presentation is to review some basic principles shared by many jurisdictions.