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It used to be that many benefit seekers could win their hearing by default because the employer would not show up to the referee hearing or would not contest their claims. And employers did this for good reason, a granted unemployment claim cost them nothing. Employers paid into a government mandated unemployment fund whether they had ex-employees collecting or not.
Nothing has changed regarding the cost of granted claims to employers but the days of uncontested unemployment hearings are over. It is a sad fact that employers now vehemently defend against unemployment claims. Employers are now willing to spend large sums to fight unemployment claims. The only logical conclusion is that they do so in order to keep employees afraid of losing their jobs and working more productively.
When you’re going up against an employer who is fighting you even though they have nothing to lose, you need the best possible representation. An attorney will be able to cross-examine witnesses and establish legal arguments as to why you are entitled to UC benefits. Most of all, an attorney is skilled in the rules of evidence.
Many employers use non-attorney representatives who are incapable of introducing critical evidence if properly objected to. Two prime examples of these cases are where an employer is seeking to introduce a urine screening but cannot due to evidentiary technicalities or where an ex-employee’s statements are not allowed into evidence because your attorney properly objects to them as hearsay and the employers representative is incapable of getting around the objection.
Additionally, an attorney can file a thorough brief with the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review or Commonwealth Court. A fact which discourages referees from ruling against you. With so much riding on your initial referee hearing, it’s important to get it done right from the start. To speak with an experienced Lehigh Valley unemployment compensation benefits attorney, contact our office today.
Madsen Law Offices is located in Easton, Pennsylvania and represents clients throughout the Lehigh Valley, including Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, Jim Thorpe, Stroudsburg and other outlying areas.