Unemployment Compensation Unit

The Unemployment Compensation Unit assists clients with getting, keeping, and resolving problems with unemployment compensation.

Practice Areas: Unemployment Compensation

Intake Procedure:

Applicants may call the telephone intake line.  Applicants may also apply online.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicant must be LSC eligible and a resident of Philadelphia.

Funded By: Legal Services Corporation


PLA publishes information about unemployment compensation and COVID-19

Closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic are impacting access to unemployment compensation benefits.  PLA has published guidance on how to apply for unemployment after a job loss related to COVID-19.

Unemployment Compensation for Puerto Ricans Affected by Hurricane Maria

An estimated 10,000+ Puerto Ricans who were jobless after #HurricaneMaria and #HurricaneIrma could now qualify for up to 52 weeks of Disaster Unemployment Assistance under just-announced extended federal program. The following resource was put together by the National Employment Law Project, Ayuda Legal Puerto Rico, and LatinoJustice PRLDEF  to help advocates better assist workers who may qualify for this essential aid.    

PLA Wins Commonwealth Court Victory in Uber Case

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  January 25, 2018

Julia Simon-Mishel
Staff Attorney, Philadelphia Legal Assistance

E-mail: jsimonmishel@philalegal.org
Phone: (215) 981-3889                                                     

PLA releases report on the current unemployment compensation crisis

February 3, 2017 -- Philadelphia Legal Assistance has released a report, No Relief to Those Who Need It Most: The Unemployment Compensation Crisis of 2016 -2017, on the effects of recent staff furloughs at the Department of Labor and Industry on Pennsylvania's unemployed workers.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I check the status of my unemployment compensation claim?

You can call the UC Service Center at 888-313-7284.  The Service Center only take calls on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.  The least busiest time to call is towards the end of the day.  If you are still waiting on hold at 4 p.m., you will be asked to leave a message, and you should receive a call back that evening or the next day.  Due to a staff shortage at the Service Center, you may experience busy signals and/or long delays.


Rachel Miller - Attorney
Michael Riccio - Paralegal
Julia Simon-Mishel - Attorney

Julia Simon-Mishel is the Supervising Attorney of the Unemployment Compensation Unit.

Aaron Sommer - Attorney