Filing for unemployment benefits is a process that many people are capable of at least beginning on their own. The application for unemployment benefits is available online at www.colorado.gov or you can begin the process by calling the unemployment office at (303) 318-9000 or 1 (800) 388-5515 (outside Denver-metro area). It is also important that you submit your application as soon as possible, because you cannot be awarded unemployment benefits for the time period before you have submitted your application.
Once you submit your application, you may be contacted by the unemployment office to discuss the reasons for your termination, including the explanation your employer has given. It is always important to keep in mind that the standard that is used to determine whether you receive unemployment benefits is whether you were terminated through no fault of your own. If your termination was your own fault, you may be disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits.
After you speak with the unemployment officer about the reasons for your termination, you will receive a Notice of Decision explaining whether you have been granted or denied unemployment benefits. If you are granted benefits, your employer can appeal that decision and if you are denied benefits, you can appeal the decision. You must request an appeal within 20 days of the date on the Notice of Decision. If you want to appeal the decision or your employer is appealing the decision, it is recommended you contact an attorney to help you navigate the appeal process.
If you have any questions about unemployment benefits, applying for unemployment, or the unemployment appeals process, contact our office at (303) 794-2404 to schedule an appointment with one of our employment attorneys.
By Jacob Allen