What to do if Your Unemployment Benefits Claim Was Denied

On April 12th, 2020, Christian Gabroy was interviewed by Channel 3 News about employee rights during the COVID-19 pandemic. If your Unemployment Benefits Claim Was Denied, you will want to act right away.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses across the country have had to close temporarily. This has put millions of workers out of work for the unforeseeable future. If you have lost your job due to the pandemic and haven’t already done so, you will want to apply for unemployment benefits right away, even if you have not worked in the type of job that was allowed to file for unemployment benefits in the past.

The CARES Act that was passed by Congress because of the COVID-19 Pandemic now includes many of the types of workers who were previously not eligible to file for unemployment benefits. So many of the workers who were previously not permitted to file for unemployment are now eligible. Attorney Gabroy said, “This includes independent contractors, part-time workers, and gig workers.” He also says, “This also includes those who are furloughed, laid off, terminated and more.” Mr. Gabroy mentions that “Even if you are promised to return to work, you are entitled to unemployment benefits.” He adds that even those who quit their job for good reason may still be able to apply. Acceptable reasons could include that the employer has not taken necessary precautionary steps related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the employee feels concerned for their health.

One particularly important fact to keep in mind though is that if your claim was denied, you only have 11 days to file your appeal so time is of the essence. One of the things he says to do while waiting for an answer to your appeal is to apply for benefits every week. If you fail to apply for any week during the time you are off work, that week will be lost and considered to be waived and cannot be reclaimed.

If you have lost your job due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and have had your unemployment benefits claim denied, you owe it to yourself to get the help of a professional from Gabroy | Messer to assist you in the appeal. This will ensure that your appeal is properly filed and has the most chance of successfully regaining your unemployment benefits.

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