The Hartford Courant reported on September 19 that unemployment in Connecticut rose to 6.5% for the first time since 1993. Of course, this is not good news for employees. More than ever, employees need to understand their rights in the work place, including their rights to unemployment compensation. Here are a few basics:
1. If you quit, you are not entitled to unemployment compensation unless you quit for sufficient cause attributable to your employer.
2. If you are terminated, you are entitled to unemployment compensation unless you committed willful misconduct.
3. If you lose at your first hearing, you can appeal to the Referee and that person will review the case from the beginning and will not give any deference to the Administrator’s decision.
4. If you received severance pay and had to sign a release of claims to get it, you can start collecting right away and need not wait until your severance pay is spent.
The Connecticut Department of Labor website provides more detailed information on this topic.