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Respond to unemployment comp notices right away

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An employer that doesn’t file an appeal within 20 days after it receives notification that a former employee has been awarded unemployment compensation benefits loses the right to appeal.

Advice: If there’s the slightest chance you’ll contest unemployment benefits, respond to the notice immediately.

Recent case: Emilio Blaisdell worked for an Internet startup company. The company said he quit over a disagreement, while Blaisdell said he was terminated.

He filed for and received unemployment, and the agency sent out an award notice. The company missed the deadline, but the CEO wrote to the agency and asked for more time to appeal, since “you can get a grace period of a month to pay a bill.”

It didn’t work. The court said the deadline is rigid, with no excuses allowed. (Blaisdell v. State of Florida, No. 4D08-3511, Court of Appeals of Florida, 2009)

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