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A Kansas City Unemployment Lawyer Explains Basic Eligibility Requirements for Unemployment Claims

Understanding who qualifies for unemployment benefits can be complicated. A Kansas City unemployment lawyercan help explain the law.

Eligibility Requirements Relating to Your Employer

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 and your Kansas City unemployment lawyer can help you understand what applies in your case.

Eligibility Requirements Relating to You

As your Kansas City unemployment attorney will counsel, even if your employer pays unemployment taxes, that doesn’t 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 (i.e., discrimination, unsafe working conditions), you may be eligible for unemployment benefits. If you aren’t sure, let a Kansas City unemployment attorney review your case and advise you.

 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. Your Kansas City unemployment attorney can help you decipher this fairly complex pay requirement and help determine if you qualify.

A Kansas City unemployment lawyer at the Law Office of Michael J. Joshi can review your claim for unemployment benefits and advise you of your legal options. Call 913-428-0199 to set up a consultation.

Don’t attend your unemployment hearing without proper legal representation. Contact me for the help you need.