Basic Eligibility Requirements for Unemployment Claims
Understanding who qualifies for unemployment benefits can be complicated. In order to be eligible for unemployment benefits, your employer must first be liable under state law to pay unemployment taxes to the state. Different types of employers fall under different criteria. I am Michael. J. Joshi, an experienced unemployment lawyer. I can help you understand what applies in your case.
Eligibility Requirements Relating to You
Even if your employer pays unemployment taxes, that does not mean you automatically qualify for benefits if you lose your job. The reason you lost your job is important. If you quit or were fired, you are likely ineligible for benefits. If you were laid off or had to quit for good cause such as discrimination or unsafe working conditions, for example, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits. If you are not sure, call my law firm, The Law Office of Michael J. Joshi, to schedule a consultation for a thorough review of your case and legal advice.
Minimum Income Requirements
Eligibility for unemployment benefits also depends on the amount of money you made prior to losing your job. The Department of Labor and Industrial Relations looks at your base pay period (generally year and a quarter before you lost your job). You must have earned at least $2,250 during the period preceding your benefit claim. Plus, your total base period pay must be one and half times higher than your highest quarterly pay. In the alternative, the department looks at whether you earned at least $19,500 during two out of the four preceding quarters. I can help you decipher this fairly complex pay requirement and help determine if you qualify.
Contact My Law Firm For Help With Reviewing Your Claim
The Law Office of Michael J. Joshi provides unemployment law representation for clients in Missouri and Kansas. I can review your claim and advise you of your legal options. Call 913-428-0199 to set up a consultation. You may also send me an email to initiation a consultation.