New Haven Employment Benefits Lawyer
Employment Compensation Benefits Law in Connecticut
Looking for an attorney for an unemployment compensation case in New Haven?
The federal government estimates that twenty three million men and women
have lost their jobs since 2008. In Connecticut the unemployment rate
is currently 8.9 percent. Job losses are continuing. Receiving unemployment
benefits from the Connecticut State Department of Labor can be a life
line in these extremely troubled times. The law does not automatically
provide benefits regardless of cause when an employee losses their job
or quits. Many employees find out to their shock that benefits are denied.
Equally shocking, after benefits have been granted their employer appeals
the award and they risk losing them at an Appeal Hearing and having to
pay back the amount previously received. You can apply for unemployment
benefits no matter why you lost your job.
Get Help with Unemployment Compensation or Appeals To All Levels
You may be eligible to apply for unemployment benefits if you were fired,
were laid off, worked off the books for cash, were an independent contractor
or even quit. Even if you were not working full time you may be eligible
for benefits if your employer reduced your hours from full time to part
time. You may also be eligible for unemployment benefits if you have a
proper reason for quitting your job. Even when your employer claims that
you could not do the job you are often eligible for unemployment benefits.
If you have a medical condition or physical condition that make it impossible
to look for work, with the necessary supporting documentation, you may
still be able obtain unemployment benefits provided you meet other criteria.
Usually you will not need to have a lawyer present when you first apply
for unemployment benefits. However, you may find it desirable to discuss
the best way to present your claim as well as discuss your employer's
position before you have your initial Administration hearing, held either
in person or by telephone.
In the even your claim for unemployment insurance benefits is denied you
have the limited period of 21 days to file an appeal to State Of Connecticut
Employment Appeals Division. The employer also has 21 days to appeal a
determination awarding unemployment compensation benefits. Appeal hearings
are held before an Appeals Referee. The Appeals Referee makes a decision
without regard to the determination of the prior administrator. The appeal
process can be complex, both past and new information may be presented
and witnesses are present to offer documents and testimony. This is a
formal hearing and in our experience you absolutely should be represented
by an attorney. In all probability your former employer will also have
brought along a professional to present their case to the Appeals Referee.
Although there are provisions for further appeal to the Board Of Review
and thereafter to Superior Court, the decision at the Appeals level carries
great weight and you must shape and present your case with knowledge of
the standards and administrative case law that has built up over time
that is relied upon by the Employment Security Division of the Connecticut
Department of Labor.
Need a Connecticut Unemployment Attorney? Contact Our New Haven Firm!
At Axelrod & Associates, we are well versed in unemployment procedure,
standards and case law. We have been quite successful in the counseling
and representation of our clients. We know that possessing a thorough
knowledge of the procedures and the case law followed by the Connecticut
Department Of Labor, Employment Security Division is the key to a successful outcome.
At Axelrod & Associates, you will have a lawyer on your side that is
committed to leveling the playing field and protecting workers' right,
including unemployment compensation benefits and
discrimination claims. Experience is the difference in the outcome of your case. Call today.