Unemployment compensation (UC) is economic aid given to workers who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. Any unemployed person may file a claim for UC benefits; however, your eligibility is based on the information provided by you and your employer(s). You must file and application for UC benefits in order to be paid.
You must first meet the eligibility requirements which are:
Additionally, you will need the following documentation:
You may be ineligible if:
After the Department of Labor and Industry has made Unemployment Compensation (UC) eligibility determination, you will be sent a copy of the determination. You can appeal a determination of eligibility by requesting a hearing within 15 calendar days of the mailing date of the original determination. You should send the appeal to the UC service center indicated on the determination. If you do not file the appeal before the specified time frame, the determination will be final. If the decision is reversed, your benefits will be paid.
Find additional appeals information at: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/.
Special Unemployment Programs
In addition to the Unemployment Compensation program, Pennsylvania also administers other specialized unemployment compensation programs for workers who have exhausted their UD benefits, workers who have been affected by foreign competition, former federal civilians, among others. Visit http://www.portal.state.pa.us/ to find detailed information about all these programs.
You will find additional information in the Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation Booklet found at: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/.