Benefit Denials

When can benefit payments be denied?

There are many reasons for denying benefit payments. The following is a list of some common reasons for denial:

  • Voluntarily leaving work without good cause. Benefit payments can be paid if you quit under certain circumstances depending on your state's laws.
  • Being discharged for misconduct connected with work. Misconduct is an intentional or controllable act or failure to take action, which shows a deliberate disregard of the employer's interests.
  • Not being able to work or available for work. You must be able, ready and willing to accept a suitable job.
  • Refusing an offer of suitable work.
  • Knowingly making false statements to obtain benefit payments.

What can I do if I still feel I am entitled to Unemployment Benefits?

While Federal laws pertaining to Unemployment Insurance include only broad requirements state laws must contain, it is up to each state to make determinations of eligibility based on its own laws. Only your State Workforce Agency can make a determination to pay or deny benefits.

Therefore, it is extremely important that you file an appeal and/or request reconsideration of your determination according to your state's Unemployment laws and procedures.

To find contact information for your state's Workforce Agency, click here.

Please note that the Federal Government has no authority to intervene in individual claims for benefits.