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Assistance with Unemployment Claims & Benefits
Whether you were fired or laid off from your job, you may expect to receive unemployment benefits. However, these benefits are not a guarantee. You must qualify and apply for them to receive compensation while unemployed.
If you need help filing an unemployment claim in Maryland, turn to the attorneys at the Law Office of Andrew M. Dansicker, LLC. We offer client-focused and results-driven representation to people seeking much-needed unemployment benefits.
Am I Eligible for Unemployment Benefits in Maryland?
According to the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation’s Division of Unemployment Insurance, you must meet the following three requirements to qualify for unemployment benefits in state:
- You must not be at fault for becoming unemployed, according to Maryland law.
- You must have earned at least a minimum amount of wages prior to becoming unemployed, according to a one-year base period (which is the earliest four out of five complete calendar quarters prior to filing for unemployment).
- You must be available and capable of working, as well as actively seeking employment.
Being out of work “through no fault of your own” means being fired for lacking the skills to perform your duties, getting laid off, getting “downsized” for economic purposes, or losing your job in a reduction-in-force (RIF). However, if you were fired for misconduct, you may lose eligibility for benefits.
Misconduct Termination Does Not Qualify You for Unemployment Benefits
For instance, if “simple” misconduct was the reason for your termination, you will not qualify for benefits for ten to 15 weeks after being fired. If “gross” misconduct (i.e., serious or repeated workplace violations) was the reason, then you must obtain new employment and earn 25 times your weekly benefit amount before qualifying for unemployment. Lastly, if “aggravated” misconduct (i.e., intentional or deliberate misconduct aimed to cause physical harm or damage property) was the reason, you must obtain new employment and earn at least 30 times your weekly benefit amount prior to being eligible for benefits.
Quitting Your Job Does Not Qualify You for Unemployment Benefits
If you voluntarily quit your job, you will not be eligible for unemployment benefits – unless you can show “good cause.” Common examples of good cause include being the victim of workplace harassment or being vulnerable to dangerous working conditions that your employer refuses to address.
Our legal team at The Law Office of Andrew M. Dansicker, LLC can evaluate your situation, determine if you are eligible for unemployment, and help you obtain the benefits you deserve.
How Do I File for Unemployment in MD?
Have you recently been injured and unemployed because of inability to work? There are options to get compensation! In order to be considered for eligibility, you must fill out a claim as soon as possible. You can file online or through the phone.
You will need access to the following documents:
- Your name, Social Security number, address, phone number
- Dependents names, birth dates, and their Social Security numbers
- Name, payroll address, telephone number, reason for termination of each employer you worked with for the past 18 months
- Proof of alien status if you are not a U.S. citizen
- If you were in the military within 18 months, your DD214
- If you worked for the Federal Government, your Form-50 or SF-8
The Maryland unemployment attorneys at the Law Office of Andrew M. Dansicker have experience dealing with unemployment. If you have any questions regarding the eligibility process, do not hesitate to contact us today!
When Should I Hire an Employment Lawyer?
Although you may not need an attorney to file for unemployment, there are certain situations when you may need professional legal help.
Common examples of when you need to hire an employment attorney include:
- Your employer violated your legal rights – If you believe you lost your job because you were harassed, discriminated against, or retaliated against, not only could a lawyer help you obtain unemployment benefits, but he/she could also seek additional financial damages to pay you for any undue hardship you suffered.
- You were fired or quit your job – In Maryland and most states, employees who were fired or quit their job must attend a hearing to decide if they qualify for unemployment benefits. An attorney can handle all the necessary paperwork, present the facts at your hearing, and show why you are eligible for benefits.
- Your unemployment claim was denied – If your claim was denied, you have 15 days to appeal the decision to the Appeals Division. You will be scheduled to appear for a hearing in order to testify, offer evidence, and present witnesses. The Hearing Commissioner will provide a written decision in your case. If you do not agree with the Hearing Commissioner’s decision, you may appeal it to the Board of Appeals. Again, if you are not satisfied with the Board of Appeals’ decision, you may have the state court review your case. Throughout the appeals process, it is wise to hire an experienced employment lawyer to protect your rights and best interests through each step of the legal process.
How to Obtain Unemployment Benefits in Maryland
Many people fail to realize that if they resign from their job, they will likely be disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits. Moreover, many people simply assume that they will receive unemployment benefits after being laid off or terminated, so they are shocked when they are denied benefits. If an unemployment applicant is denied benefits and fails to appeal shortly after receiving the written denial, then the applicant will forever lose the right to seek unemployment benefits.
It is precisely at such times that applicants for unemployment should contact an experienced Maryland unemployment attorney to determine their rights and the best way to proceed so that they can obtain unemployment benefits for six months. Our unemployment lawyers in Maryland can determine the most effective way for an unemployment applicant to qualify for benefits without being disqualified.
At the Law Office of Andrew M. Dansicker, LLC, we have extensive experience handling unemployment appeals. Our Maryland unemployment attorneys have litigated these types of cases in the administrative channels on numerous occasions. Consequently, if you have questions concerning potential unemployment claims and appeals, do not hesitate to reach out to us today.
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