Pennsylvania UC is given to unemployed citizens of the state and anyone who’s lost their job due to no fault of their own can file for this weekly benefit assuming you have passed all the unemployment compensation eligibility requirements set forth by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor.
Eligibility requirements include the following:
- You must be unemployed due to no fault of your own
This law is applicable to all states including Pennsylvania although the rules and regulation may vary according to state policy. Unemployment through no fault of your own means that you must not have committed any misconduct or serious offense that may have caused your employer to terminate your employment. This rule applies to those members of union or those who’ve participated in a strike against a certain company unless the company has settled and let you go.
According to the Pennsylvania UC law section 402b, you would still be eligible to file for a claim even if your quit your job, as long as you provide evidence that the job you’ve signed up for is not the same as with the job description accorded or your job is “not suitable” for your current life position such as in cases wherein your spouse needs to leave the state for employment reasons. It would not be under your control or you have a medical condition not suitable to the nature of work and your employer has no other available positions for your condition, just as long as you can work, you may still be eligible to file for a claim.
- You must be able to work
You must not have a disability that would hinder you from finding a new job otherwise you will fall into another type of benefits and UC will not be responsible for that. You must be actively seeking work, meaning you cannot decline any suitable work offer, suitable work will be determined by Pennsylvania Department of Labor. You should also provide proof that you are actively seeking a job twice per week on different days.
- You must have met other basic requirements
Basic requirements include being a US citizen or a proof of permanent residency and legal US employment certificate. You must be at least 18 years old and above. You must have previous employment in Pennsylvania and you must be unemployed upon sending in your benefits application.