Unemployment Compensation Benefits are designed to help workers who lose their job through no fault of their own. Upon loss of their job, any unemployed person may file a claim for Unemployment Compensation Benefits.
Unemployment Compensation Benefits are cash benefits paid to an eligible worker after he/she provides proof that the job loss was not his/her fault. If an employed person qualifies for benefits, he/she will receive weekly checks and help in locating other employment.
Pennsylvanians may be eligible for up to 26 weeks of regular state-funded UC benefits. If an unemployed person exceeds the maximum of 26 weeks, federal unemployment compensation benefits are available. Emergency Unemployment Compensation, or EUC, is a temporary federal program that provides up to a maximum of 53 weeks of unemployment benefits to claimants who qualify.
What is an Employer?
The individual or organization who hires a person for some portion of a single day during the year is an employer. Employers include:
Who is the Employee?
The individual who works or has worked for an employer is the employee. Generally, an employee must have worked a certain number of weeks in the prior one-year period in order to be eligible for benefits. The employee's benefit amount is based upon his or her average weekly wage.
What is Employment?
Employment is Work performed by an employee for an employer; however, there are exceptions. Certain workers are not eligible for Unemployment Compensation benefits. The following workers are generally not eligible for Unemployment Compensation Benefits:
Am I Eligible for Unemployment Compensation Benefits?
After filing an application for UC benefits, there are three basic steps to determining your eligibility for unemployment compensation.
Remember: The law changes. Each case is different. This is meant to give you general information and not to give you specific legal advice.
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