Regular Unemployment Compensation

Regular Unemployment Compensation

Do I qualify for unemployment compensation?

Unemployment compensation is income replacement for workers who have lost their job through no fault of their own.

Apply for unemployment compensation if any of the following have happened to you at work because of the coronavirus pandemic or its impact:

  • Your hours have been reduced because of the public health crisis
  • You have been temporarily laid off or your workplace closed
  • You were sent home from work due to minor symptoms related to coronavirus
  • Your work was interrupted because you need to care for a family member
  • You were fired when you refused to work in unsafe conditions
  • You quit to avoid unsafe conditions

Common Issues

Having trouble navigating the new UC system?

We’ve created a webpage with updates about what’s changed and information about how to use the new site.

Scared you might lose your job?

If you think you might lose your job or need to take a leave of absence, learn what you need to do before that happens to protect your eligibility for unemployment compensation.

Questions about UC?

We have created a page of questions and answers to help guide you through the process of applying and keeping your unemployment compensation benefits.

I'm not sure my employer is telling me the truth about UC

It is important to know your rights about UC. Check out our guide to common employer mistakes and misinformation.

How does my immigration status affect my eligibility for UC?

We have created a frequently asked questions page to help answer your questions about immigrations status and UC.

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It’s Tax Tip Tuesday! Normally, the IRS will keep your refund to pay off old IRS debts.If you are suffering financial hardship and can’t afford to have your 2022 refund taken, our office may be able to help. The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS), an independent branch of the IRS, can request that the IRS issue an Offset Bypass Refund (OBR). An OBR is when the IRS issues your refund even though you owe them for a prior year. The IRS will only issue OBRs to people who can demonstrate financial hardship, such as utility shut-off notices or eviction notices for failure to pay rent.Our office may be able to help you submit a request for an OBR to TAS. If you need an OBR, you have to wait to file your tax return until after the OBR request has been made to TAS.You should also know that if you owe a non-IRS debt to another government agency (like child support, unemployment, or a student loan), then unfortunately there is nothing the IRS can do to prevent your refund from going to that agency. In order to figure out if you owe any non-IRS debts, you should call this automated Treasury number at 800-304-3107 or visit www.fiscal.treasury.gov/top, which will tell you which agencies you owe money to. You should then see if you can resolve the debt with that agency and get them to take off the IRS intercept before filing your 2022 tax return.If you have a hardship such that you need some or all of your IRS refund that would otherwise go to past IRS debt, call our intake at 215-981-3800 between 9:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. Monday through Thursday or apply online at www.philalegal.org See MoreSee Less
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Thinking of applying for unemployment compensation?We’ve got some tips for when you apply using the online portal.– Once you make a username and password, keep them in a secure place. Do not send them to anyone.– You’ll need your ID and a device with a camera to complete the identity verification part of the application.– If you have an email you will always have access to, set your communication preference to "Internal notification with an email notification."– If you do not have an email like this, you should choose postal mail as your communication preference.– Once you finish the application, check your portal often for important messages and documents.– Even after your benefits end, you should still check your portal regularly. Unemployment may still send you important messages years later.Looking for more info on unemployment compensation in Pennsylvania? Visit UCHelp.org #PAUnemployment #LegalAid See MoreSee Less
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