Unemployment Insurance: Employers Can Challenge Unemployment Claims of Former Employees; MD and VA Publish Decisions to Help Claimants in Defending Their Claims

[Update 4/4/10: The New York Times published an article with a similar story as the Post article discussed below.]

The Washington Post published an article about employers protesting unemployment insurance claims of former employees.

Facing an unjustified unemployment insurance challenge on top of a precarious financial situation is an unwelcome experience. This is especially true given employers’ superior position over employees in terms of legal representation and money in the unemployment context.

Fortunately, a couple of the unemployment agencies have published their decisions applying the unemployment law to specific cases. In Maryland, the Internet address for the decisions of the appeals tribunal is https://www.dllr.state.md.us/appeals/decisions/index.shtml. In Virginia , the Internet addresses for the decisions of appeals tribunal are http://www.vec.virginia.gov/vecportal/unins/precedent/index.cfm, http://www.vec.virginia.gov/vecportal/unins/decisions/index.cfm, and http://www.vec.virginia.gov/vecportal/unins/pdfs/vca/vca.pdf.