Eligibility for Unemployment Compensation

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If you have lost your job through no fault of your own, then you can be eligible to file for unemployment compensation.  The US Department of Labor oversees unemployment compensation yet each individual state has its own laws and rules that must be adhered to in order to qualify for unemployment compensation.  In the internet you will find information on eligibility and qualification criteria for unemployment compensation but you need to make sure that this one applies to your own state.

The specific disqualification provisions, allocated benefit amounts, and the amount of time you can receive benefits are all regulated by individual states.  It is very important that you understand the specific criteria surrounding your application to receive unemployment compensation that applies to people who are unemployed in your state.

You can also find basic unemployment compensation principles that are the same in all the states.

The unemployed worker should have worked recently for an employer who is covered by unemployment insurance for a minimum specific amount of time, in order to qualify for benefits.  Another requirements is that you have reached a certain minimum amount of wages while you were employed, and that you can show or prove that it was not through your fault that you lost the job.

There are many reasons why you can be disqualified to receive unemployment compensation.

In general, an applicant who is unavailable to seek out or commence new work will not be eligible to receive benefits, nor will a person who cannot adequately prove that the cause of job loss was through no fault of his own.

Being fired for misconduct or handing in your resignation voluntarily, situations that are the direct fault of the employee, disqualifies one for the unemployment compensation.

If you have no good reason for refusing a suitable job, you may be disqualified from receiving benefits.

If you are applying for unemployment compensation, then here are the criteria for eligibility.

Despite your status of being unemployed, you are not contented in that state but you are seeking activity and are willing to get a new job.

The applicant must be able to demonstrate that the cause of the unemployment status is through no fault of their own.

Evidence of recent employment for a minimum proscribed period of time and verification of required minimum earnings.

Here are the types of employment that disqualifies a worker to apply for unemployment compensation: self-employed people, people working for families or relatives, student interns, specific areas within the agricultural labor service, alien farm workers, and workers in railroads.

So if you find yourself losing your job not because of any fault on your part, you may be eligible for unemployment compensation; just make sure that you check eligibility requirements in your state.
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