If you recently lost your job through no fault of your own, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits to help you cope with the financial hardship of being unemployed. However, applying for and receiving unemployment benefits isn’t always straightforward, which is why you should strongly consider retaining the services of a seasoned Marquette unemployment claims lawyer who can help guide you through the process. Contact Berger Law today so we can get started working on your case.
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Have you been denied unemployment benefits, or simply need some guidance on how to best go about applying for them? If so, contact a dedicated Marquette employment lawyer from Berger Law for help.
Qualifying for Unemployment Benefits in Michigan
Unemployment benefits are designed to provide temporary income support to workers who are involuntarily unemployed due to a lack of work, a layoff, a plant closure, or other reasons beyond their control. To qualify for unemployment benefits in Michigan, you must meet the following requirements:
You must have earned at least $4,000 in wages during the first four quarters of the base period (the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters before you filed your claim), and at least $1,000 in wages during one of the other three-quarters of the base period.
You must be able and available to work full-time and actively seek suitable work each week that you claim benefits.
You must register for work with the Michigan Works! Agency within 14 days of filing your claim.
You must not have quit your job voluntarily without good cause attributable to your employer, or been fired for misconduct connected with your work.
Duration of Unemployment Benefits in Michigan
The duration of your unemployment benefits depends on the amount of wages you earned during the base period and the unemployment rate in Michigan, however, the maximum number of weeks that you can receive benefits is 20. The weekly benefit amount that you can receive is calculated based on your highest quarter of wages in the base period, but the minimum amount is $81 and the maximum amount is $362.
Was Your Initial Unemployment Claim Denied? We Can Help.
If your unemployment claim is denied by the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA), you have the right to appeal the decision within 30 days. However, appealing an unemployment claim can be a complex and time-consuming process. You may have to deal with legal documents, evidence, witnesses, hearings, and deadlines. You may also have to face the UIA’s lawyers who will try to prove that you are not eligible for benefits. That’s why you need a lawyer who can help you with the following tasks:
- Reviewing your claim and identifying the reasons for denial
- Gathering and presenting relevant documents and evidence to support your claim
- Preparing and filing an appeal request and a written brief
- Representing you at the appeal hearing and cross-examining the UIA’s witnesses
- Negotiating a settlement or pursuing further appeals if necessary
Contact an Unemployment Claims Lawyer Today
If you need assistance applying for unemployment benefits or your claim has been denied, contact Berger Law today. We are here to fight for you, every step of the way.