June 7, 2016 Unemployment No Comments

St. Louis workers are eligible for unemployment compensation[1] if they are temporarily out of work through no fault of their own.  To determine whether an employee is temporarily out of work Missouri agencies look to the employee’s recent work history and earnings during a stretch of time called the “base period.” Only employees who have been working relatively recently can collect unemployment.

The Missouri Base Period

In St. Louis the base period[2] is a one-year period calculated based upon the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters immediately prior to the filing of an initial claim for benefits. The wages paid during this period are the basis of computation for the maximum benefit amount and weekly benefit amount.

St. Louis Minimum Earnings

To qualify for benefits in Missouri, you must have earned at least $1,500 in your highest paid quarter of the base period, and at least $2,250 total in the entire base period. Alternatively, you will qualify if you earned at least $19,500 in two of the four quarters of the base period.

Reason for Unemployment in St. Charles

To qualify for St. Charles unemployment benefits, an individual must be out of work through no fault of their own. If an employee loses their job in a layoff, reduction-in-force, downsizing, or similar job action in which positions are cut for financial or strategic reasons, they are almost always eligible for benefits.  An individual may be able to collect unemployment, however, even where they were not laid off such as an employee who quits their job based upon good cause.  Oftentimes employers and former employees disagree about the basic facts that lead to a person’s quitting or termination, facts which are relevant to determining whether a worker is eligible for unemployment benefits. In cases where unemployment benefit eligibility is disputed, the representation of an experienced St. Louis unemployment lawyer can often significantly affect the outcome of a case.

Contact an Experienced St. Louis Unemployment Lawyer

While the rules of evidence do not strictly apply in an unemployment appeal hearing, there must still be sufficient evidence on the record to support the tribunal’s ultimate determination. The tribunal is allowed to help the parties present their cases, and has the right to question all witnesses. Because these are legal proceedings, the assistance of an attorney can be extremely helpful. Some of the ways an attorney can help include:

  • Collecting and presenting evidence on your behalf
  • Questioning witnesses
  • Ensuring that your appeal is correctly filed



In order to make sure that your legal rights are protected during all aspects of the process, call Kenneth P. Carp today at (636) 947-3600 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.

References:

[1] http://www.moga.mo.gov/mostatutes/stathtml/28800000401.html
[2] https://www.ui.labor.mo.gov/som/IC_0182.htm

Written by kennethpcarplaw@gmail.com