An employer has just announced that you are being terminated from your job. As if that were not distressing enough, the employer also furnishes you with a multipage severance agreement, chock full of legal jargon. The agreement offers a modest amount of money in exchange for your waiver of many of your potential claims and your consent to various terms. Buried in the verbiage is a clause that mentions your right to consult with an attorney about this important legal document.
The attorneys at the Law Office of Curtis Cooper, LLC help to guide clients through this trying time, beginning with a thorough review of the severance agreement itself, to make sure that the client clearly understands its terms. After that, clients naturally want to know if a particular severance agreement is adequate. If the client is not satisfied with the terms of the severance agreement, Curtis Cooper is adept at responding in ways that encourage the employer to make a better offer rather than face an adversarial course of action. Curtis Cooper looks at the many factors at play in severance situations in order to tailor his approach to each client and maximize his or her recovery. Read more
You have just been let go from your steady employment; or you have quit because of intolerable working conditions, a detrimental change in your job duties or compensation, or health or other circumstances outside of your control. Where do you turn to replace some of your lost income from your old job while you look for a new one? Unemployment insurance provides limited benefits to individuals facing this situation.
In Maryland, unemployment claims must be initially filed with the Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation either online or over the phone. If there is a dispute with the employer about a former employee’s eligibility for benefits, an investigation will be conducted, resulting in an initial determination. Either the employee or the employer can appeal the initial determination, resulting in a de novo hearing. An examiner considers the evidence, testimony and arguments presented at the hearing. The prior findings may be given very little weight by the examiner.
Claimants are often confused by the rules which apply to unemployment hearings. Many times, the employer is experienced with unemployment cases, and may even have a representative at the hearing. Beyond the benefits at stake, an unemployment hearing can elicit important testimony and evidence to support other legal claims, such as discrimination.
The attorneys at the Law Office of Curtis Cooper, LLC focus their unemployment practice on Maryland appeals hearings following the initial determination. They also provide consultations on unemployment matters at the initial stages of the claim.
The information below applies generally across the United States. A good place for information specific to Maryland unemployment claimants is the Frequently Asked Questions page of the Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation.
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