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Old 11-29-2011, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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Default Unemployment question (Massachusetts). Will I get benefits?

Hey there. So I've been searching for quite some time and cant find the answer I need so ANY responses and information will be GREATLY appreciated!

So I was fired from my job on August 30, 2011. I didn't apply for Unemployment benefits right away b.c honestly, the fire was a shock and I have never been unemployed. My understanding was that if you are terminated, you can NOT collect unemployment. Then I read that if it wasn't for good cause, I may be eligible.

I was fired for being late for a meeting that was cancelled by one of my supervisors on Friday; the meeting was on the following Tuesday. My boss said that I lacked "interest" in my job and that "it wasnt for me." (pfff. if i had a nickel for all the people that actually liked his/her job, I would have 6 nickels )

I finally filed in October. The lady asked why I didn't call the day I was terminated and I told her I didn't know if I could collect and I had been trying to call for a couple weeks. She told me that my employer should have provided me with Unemployment information and because of the long lines on the phones that she had pushed my filing date to October 2nd.

On Oct. 27th I received my "Benefit Determination" form that states my wages paid, my benefit rate, pay rate, etc. My effective date listed is October 2nd, 2011. I have been claiming benefits every week since. So it has been about 8 weeks.

On my form, under the "Separation Code" (where your employer states why you were separated from work) it says Unknown. Online on WebCert it displays the following info:

Remaining balance on your unemployment insurance account $8,821.00
Week ending date for which you last claimed benefits November 26, 2011
Date that your last claim certification was processed November 29, 2011
Your current claim certification filing choice Electronic

**This message is displayed in the Messages section.
"Your claim is being processed. If additional information is required to determine your eligibility for benefits, you will be contacted."

Ok, I know that I should probably just wait for a call from a UI representative and that's fine but I am going on 8 weeks without hearing anything and I am in desperate need of money for bills.

My question is, do you think I will be approved for UI benefits and do you have any idea on WHEN I will receive a notice stating if I'm qualified or disqualified?

Thank you so much for any advice!

Last edited by KevinBoston32; 11-29-2011 at 04:33 PM..
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Old 11-29-2011, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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Sorry for the lengthy post. Just figured the more info I provide, the better understanding you'll have.

Again, any information or advice is appreciated!
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Old 11-29-2011, 05:09 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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The late filing and circumstances under which you lost your job have flagged your claim for review, probably holding up the processing until someone gets to it. That said, eight weeks is much too long to wait.

Normally, an inquiry is sent to your former employer. If the employer doesn't return the inquiry in a timely fashion, often benefits will be paid anyway. If the employer contests the claim, you should receive a letter saying MA needs more information, scheduling a telephone interview.

If MA views your failure to report for a meeting as misconduct, it will assess a misconduct penalty in the form of a waiting period before benefits are paid, but you should be informed of this. And, by now, the waiting period has run. That said, I don't see how missing a meeting is misconduct unless you've done this repeatedly.

There is NO REASON for you not to get benefits, although you employer may put up a fight. Even if one is fired, about the only reason for benefit denial is theft or you've committed an egregious act against the best interests of your employer.

You need to call MA. Some states are very slow processing. I don't think MA is as bad as some, but they may be backlogged. Tell whomever you speak with you have no money and really need your benefits.

If you get no results when you call MA, definitely email your state legislators and governor. Many people in other states have had to do that in order to get their claims processed.

You should also apply for food stamps and energy assistance and whatever else is available in your state until MA gets your benefits rolling, as it will still be another several weeks or more before benefits are paid - best case scenario.
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Old 06-23-2013, 08:17 AM
 
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I also was terminated. My claim also says being processed. I have already recieved my wage form but no call from an adjuster yet. The HR lady at my job said she answered the unemployment form an indicated the letter D which stands for terminated and that under comments she wrote no dispute. In other words to go ahead with the benefits. My question is why am I still waiting if everything is allset to process. I have zero income and two kids, a teenager and toddler. This is complete crazyness. I have applied for foodstamps and cash asst in the meantime and of course thats also a waiting game. Stressed out. Good luck to all
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