As an employer, are you in need of unemployment representation? When you review your Profit and Loss (P&L) statement does the unemployment “tax” item catch your attention? Do you worry that you may be paying too much?
Unemployment compensation insurance is one “tax” an employer can usually control by keeping its claims low. But how can you accomplish this? As an employer, you have the right to dispute the claims of former employees and fight those who are not entitled to unemployment compensation.
Ideally, unemployment representation begins long before the employer decides to terminate the services of an employee. Employees are typically eligible for unemployment benefits if they become unemployed through no fault of their own.
On the other hand, employees in Pennsylvania are not eligible for unemployment compensation if they engaged in what is considered “willful misconduct” under the unemployment statute. There are a number of instances where an employer might consider an employee’s actions to be willful misconduct, when under Pennsylvania law, the actions are not willful misconduct for purposes of unemployment compensation.
Having unemployment representation to help you determine the type of claim you are facing is critical to deciding whether to assign critical resources to fight the claim.
To further complicate the issue, employment in Pennsylvania is “at-will”. Absent a contract to the contrary, an employer can legally terminate the services of employees (and employees can quit) at any time, without notice, and with or without reason, as long as the termination is not for an illegal reason.
Having competent unemployment representation on your side can help you make sure that employees are properly terminated, and provide you, the employer, with much-needed legal assistance when employees seek benefits to which they are not entitled.
Stay ahead of the game.
Give us a call to set up an appointment to discuss how our experience in the area of unemployment representation can help your bottom line!