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Unemployment Compensation Law

Pursuant to the Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation Law, an employee who has been terminated from employment has the right to seek unemployment compensation. Unemployment compensation is designed to provide temporary wage replacement benefits to individuals who find themselves out of work through no fault of their own. Unless the claimant was terminated for some act or omission legally constituting willful misconduct or has left work voluntarily without a necessitous and compelling reason, all claimants are entitled to weekly compensation benefits.

The initial claim process for unemployment compensation can be completed free of charge online by going to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry's website, It is best to file an unemployment compensation claim as soon as your employment ends. It sometimes takes several weeks after filing to start receiving benefits.

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry will first decide whether you are eligible for benefits based on the information you provide in your initial claim and your former employer's response to your claim. If you are rejected, you may appeal the determination within 15 days of the date of the adverse determination denying you benefits. If you are determined eligible to receive benefits, your former employer has a right to appeal the determination within 15 days of the date of the determination awarding you benefits.

If either you or your former employer appeals the determination of eligibility, an informal hearing before a government referee will be held. This is your only chance to establish a record as to the reasons you are entitled to receive benefits. Because of this, we believe that it is a good idea to have an attorney familiar with the Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation Law represent you and aid in presenting the best evidence to substantiate your right to receive benefits.

At Waldman Law Group, P.C., we provide advice and assistance to individuals beginning with the filing of an initial claim for unemployment compensation to represented individuals in appeal hearings. The Pennsylvania unemployment compensation appeal process is very fast-moving and also very complex, especially when faced alone. With the assistance of the attorneys at Waldman Law Group, P.C., the claim filing process and appeals process can be simplified initially to ensure that your rights to collect unemployment compensation benefits in Pennsylvania are fully protected.