10 Important Tips about Unemployment Compensation

  1. Ask for help when you need it. That's what Philadelphia Legal Assistance is here for!
  2. Always file your appeals before the deadline.
  3. Make sure you file biweekly claims.
  4. Make sure you report all hours worked and earnings (even if not yet paid) in each biweekly claim
  5. Always check your mail for letters from Unemployment
  6. Be truthful and accurate in your conversations with Unemployment. However, you are not required to provide more information than they ask of you. When you have been fired from a job, it is the employer's burden to prove you did something wrong. Don't do it for them.
  7. Provide documentation supporting your case
  8. You only have to be able to do some type of work (for instance, light duty work) in order to qualify for unemployment. Even if you left your previous job for health reasons, if you are cleared for some type of work then it is important to let Unemployment know that you are "able and available" for work.
  9. Review the Unemployment Compensation Handbook
  10. You must register for JobGateway within 30 days of filing for benefits. If you have been denied benefits because you did not register for JobGateway, you can register immediately and your benefits will be turned back on.