New Jersey and Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation Attorneys
With Offices in Mercer County, NJ and Bucks County, PA
If you have been laid off due to the economy or to downsizing, it’s likely you are struggling now with how you are going to pay your bills. While unemployment may only provide a fraction of your income, it’s something. While many out-of-work people are legally entitled to unemployment benefits in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, many people are wrongfully denied these benefits.
Employers often have no shame about denying benefits for the wrong reasons. Hiring an experienced employment law attorney may be your best chance to successfully appeal an initial denial and obtain the unemployment benefits to which you are entitled. The knowledgeable employment law attorneys at Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson can help you secure unemployment benefits. We have experience handling employment law matters throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Are You Entitled to Unemployment Compensation?
NJ and PA unemployment compensation provides benefits to people who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. In New Jersey, involuntarily unemployed individuals are covered by the NJ Unemployment Compensation Law. The law provides weekly benefits to people who qualify. A knowledgeable employment law attorney can help you determine whether you are eligible for benefits and help you understand what is needed to file a claim. An attorney can also guide you through the appeals process if you’ve received an unfavorable decision regarding benefits. If you have been denied benefits, the process for appealing that determination can be incredibly complicated and can include:
- Why are you unemployed? – An employer can potentially deny unemployment benefits if the worker was fired for misconduct. Additionally, an employee is typically not entitled to unemployment benefits if they resigned from their position. However, an employee who felt compelled to quit because of a hostile work environment may have a valid claim for unemployment compensation. Determinations about eligibility for benefits typically require the employer to offer proof that the worker does not qualify for unemployment compensation.
- Disqualification – Employers often deny benefits under a flimsy or weak pretext. For example, some employers will claim that the employee willfully walked away from the job without good cause. Other employers will claim that the employee was terminated due to job misconduct. An experienced employment law attorney may be able to counter these claims and help you use the appeals process to secure unemployment compensation.
- Appeals process – If you are wrongfully denied unemployment benefits in New Jersey, an experienced employment law attorney can help you appeal your case to the Appeal Tribunal of the NJ Department of Labor. You have just seven days to file an appeal following an initial denial of benefits, so it is crucial that you contact an experienced employment law attorney as soon as possible.
Unemployment Compensation Attorneys in New Jersey and Pennsylvania
If you lost your job and have been denied unemployment benefits, Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson can help you. We will look over the details of your file to determine if you are entitled to unemployment benefits. In some cases, your employer might also be required to give you a severance package. We know how to carefully investigate the facts in these cases and find out why an employee was terminated. In your case, we are prepared to do whatever it takes to secure you the unemployment benefits to which you are entitled. When you hire KCR, you know that our legal team will be assisting you throughout the legal process, including all necessary hearings and appeals.