Unemployment Compensation: Disqualification Generally

Last Updated On: 2/5/2018 3:18:40 PM

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So if the agency says I’m eligible, that means I get my unemployment benefits, right?

Not necessarily. “Eligibility” is only the first step. But there is also a second step. Even if you are “eligible,” the employer may be able to prove that you should be “disqualified.”

To over-simplify a bit, “disqualification” usually happens if the person has done something wrong that somehow caused their own unemployment. There are other reasons, but they don’t come up very often. So we won’t discuss them here.

So if I'm eligible and not disqualified, how much will I get?

That depends on how much you earned in your base period.  Check out the Unemployment Compensation Benefit Rate Table from WorkForce WV to get an idea.

What are the most common reasons that would “disqualify” me from getting benefits?

There are many grounds for Disqualification. But three Disqualification grounds come up over and over, in a lot of cases.

  • Fired for “Simple Misconduct.” Lose only six weeks of benefits.
  • Fired for “Gross Misconduct.” Lose all benefits.
  • “Voluntary Quit, Without Good Cause Involving Fault On the Part of the Employer.” Lose all benefits.

We’ll discuss each of these in Disqualification – Discharge for Misconduct article.

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This is general legal information. For guidance about your situation, talk to a lawyer.