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Unemployment Compensation

Montgomery County Unemployment Compensation Attorney

When an employee is terminated due to layoff or company reorganization, he or she usually is eligible for unemployment compensation, unless disqualified for lack of reportable earnings or other reasons under state law. Whether you are an employee or an employer, you need the advice of an experienced attorney who can explain unemployment compensation clearly.

My name is Kimberly H. Ashbach, Esq., and I assist both workers and businesses with their unemployment compensation concerns. Employers want to make sure that they only pay legitimate claims. Employees deserve compensation when they have been let go and qualify to receive benefits. At my law firm, I seek to help each client achieve his or her goals.

To arrange a consultation with an experienced Montgomery County unemployment compensation lawyer, please call 267.468.0613 or contact my Ambler law firm online. I serve clients in the Philadelphia metro area and throughout eastern Pennsylvania.

Eligibility for Unemployment Compensation

Generally speaking, employees who are forced to leave their jobs are able to file for unemployment. However, there are disqualifying events under the law. For example, employees who are terminated for certain wrongful acts are not eligible. These acts are called "willful misconduct," and include things like:

  • Insubordination
  • Stealing from the workplace
  • Violating established rules and regulations of the workplace
  • Harassing other workers

Also, employees who engage in self-employment may be denied benefits, unless the self-employment is part of an ongoing "side-line" business.

What If a Claim Is Contested?

Employers have the right to challenge an employee's claim for benefits. If an employer believes that the worker did something wrong, like any of the acts listed above, the employer can argue that the worker is not entitled to benefits.

I am available to represent either the employee who has been denied benefits or the employer who believes an employee is not eligible. With nearly 20 years of employment law experience, my knowledge of both sides of these issues is a great benefit for my clients. There will be hearing to decide the issue, and I will attend that hearing and come fully prepared to protect your rights.

Careful Preparation Is Key

When I handle unemployment compensation claims, I carefully prepare the case for determination and review by the referee. Most clients come to me once they have been denied benefits by the unemployment compensation claims examiner. The case is then appealed and heard by a referee at an informal hearing. I prepare the client for testimony, and often "brief" the case in advance to the referee so he/she has an idea of the merits of the claim. This positions my client for the greatest likelihood of success. For the employee, it means getting valued benefits at a time when they are most needed.

Contact a Blue Bell Lost Wages/Benefits Lawyer

If you have questions or concerns about unemployment compensation, I have the answers you need. To schedule a consultation, please call 267.468.0613 or contact my Ambler law firm online.

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We really can't say enough about Kim. She took on our case when even the 'big' law firms in Philadelphia were reluctant, as our legal problem was very unique and many lawyers hadn't really ever heard of what we were trying to accomplish... However, due to Kim's extremely competent, professional and tenacious manner, it wasn't long before we saw our matter resolved to our satisfaction. We would highly recommend her as an attorney. Thank you, Kim, for a great job. You made a tremendous difference in two people's lives!

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Kimberly H. Ashbach
Attorney at Law
708 Abbeydale Court
Ambler, PA 19002
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