Unemployment Benefits

The Attorneys at Goldstein and Clegg have a strong track record of helping people obtain their unemployment compensation at appeals hearings, when the employer challenges an employee’s right to receive money.

In Massachusetts when you leave your job, unless you were laid off, or fired for no reason at all, your right to unemployment is often challenged either by the Division of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) or your former employer. When this happens, you have a right to appear at an appeal hearing and can be represented by an employment law attorney. This is often a good idea because people are often nervous when being asked questions by a government official especially when the outcome dictates whether you will receive a weekly check for the foreseeable future. More importantly, if you have quit, the burden is on you to demonstrate that no reasonable person could withstand the change in circumstances that led you to leave your employment.

What are Unemployment Benefits?

In order to help you survive while you are looking for a new job, the State of Massachusetts provides a weekly check based upon the amount you had earned at your previous job to help you pay your bills. In addition, you are also eligible for discounted or even free health insurance for you and your family. Finally, the State may help pay or pay the entire tuition for you to go back to school and learn a trade or obtain a certification to help you obtain subsequent employment.   Unemployment compensation is generally given only to those registering as unemployed, and often on conditions ensuring that they seek work and do not currently have a job.

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