Some Examples of Good Cause<br />The working conditions are unsafe (asbestos in the ceiling tiles) <br />You are asked to perform an illegal action. (CPA asks the accountant to “cook the books” )<br />Employer does not pay your wages <br />
Employers’ Interest<br />The employers interest extends to the success of their business. <br />Interest may be expressed by rules and policies<br />However, policies must be reasonably related to the employer’s legitimate business interests.<br />An employer’s interest cannot infringe too heavily on your personal rights. <br />It is not necessary for actual harm to an employer’s interest to occur for an action to be considered against an employer’s interest.<br />
Examples of Employer’s Interest <br /><ul><li>The employee to show up on time and perform job duties
No call no show- being absent from the job without notice
Loss of necessary license (taxi driver is arrested for DWI and has license suspended; a nurse looses nursing license active by failing to perform necessary course work)
Violation of company policies (such as: substance use, computer misuse, and etc.) </li></li></ul><li>Warnings Prior To Termination<br /><ul><li>Generally, an individual must have notice or warning that specified conduct is subject to discharge before he/she will be disqualified for misconduct connected with the work.
However, express notice or warning may not be necessary if, as a matter of common knowledge and custom, an individual knew or should have known, the conduct in question was clearly detrimental to the employer’s interests. </li></li></ul><li>Required Employment History <br />January FebruaryMarch <br />AprilMayJune<br />JulyAugustSeptember <br />OctoberNovemberDecember<br />Employment in two or more of the last five quarters <br />
Work Search Requirement<br />Each week you must: <br />contact and apply for work with two or more employers each week. <br />You should not repeat employer contacts until 4 to 6 weeks have passed <br />You must record the names and phone numbers of the employers you have contacted.<br />
A Note On Earnings<br />If you earn money from an odd job while you are receiving unemployment benefits you <br />MUST report these earnings to the Department. <br />
You must wait one week from the time you file for UI benefits until you receive them. <br />
Apply For Benefits<br />Online<br />www.dws.state.nm.us<br />By Phone:<br />1-877-664-6984<br />Click “Apply for Benefits”. You will be directed to another web page. <br />Sign in or register as a new user. <br />You will then be asked questions about your previous employment.<br /><ul><li>You will be asked questions about your previous employment. You will be instructed to answer these questions by pressing the correct numbers on your phone.
Your call will then be transferred to a Customer Service Representative (CSR) who will complete your claim over the telephone.
You will be given additional instructions by the CSR to complete the filing of your claim. </li></li></ul><li>What To Do Once You Have Applied<br />Continue to be able and available to work and you must continue to actively seek full or part-time work<br />You must register with the Department’s job/jobseeker database, unless you are a registered union member (Plumbers, Electricians, Pipe Fitters, etc .) <br />“Certify” weekly that you are continuing to look for employment and have not yet found employment: <br />Online or <br />By Phone 1-877-664-6984<br />
The Initial Claim Examination <br />The claim is evaluated for the eligibility requirements based on the Claimant's and the Employer's description of the job separation<br />The claim is denied or approved<br />Once the initial determination is made, the party that loses may appeal the claims determination to the appeal tribunal<br />
Nature of the hearing (telephonic or in person)
Issues on appeal</li></ul>Note: This Notice will be sent to your address of record with the Department; it is important to keep your address with the Department current. <br />Note: You will not be notified of an employer’s appeal until ten days in advance of a hearing.<br />
Evidence<br /><ul><li>Any relevant documents relating to the job separation
How would you describe the temperament of the store manager?
What actions did the manager take that led you to form this opinion of the manager’s temperament? </li></li></ul><li>A Note On Closing Statements<br />Should be prepared in advance of the hearing<br />Should be short (no more than 3 minutes)<br />Should review facts presented during the hearing<br />Should end with asking the judge to rule in your favor <br />
After the hearing, a decision will be made and mailed to all involved parties.<br />
A Note On Overpayments<br />An overpayment is when you are paid money you are not entitled to. <br />An overpayment occurs when a determination awarding UI is overturned. <br />In the event of an overpayment you must repay ALL the money given to you by the Department. <br />Overpayments can be very large: $2,000-$10,000 <br />
One More Note On Overpayments <br />There are two decisions to be on the look out for: <br />the decision denying eligibility for UI benefits; and<br />the decision that informs the claimant that an overpayment has occurred and the claimant must repay the benefits<br />If you do not agree with the denial of UI benefits, you must appeal both decisions<br />
New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions Workforce Transition Services DivisionBoard of ReviewP.O. Box 1928Albuquerque, NM 87103
By Fax(505) 941-8309 (Note: this fax number may change)
If you appeal by mail, send your appeal certified mail return receipt requested. </li></li></ul><li>Contents Of Appeal <br />Your name <br />Date appeal sent <br />SSN <br />Claim Number <br />Reason for appeal<br />
The Higher Authority Appeal <br />Not a new hearing – only evidence previously submitted to the ALJ is reviewed <br />Examples of what the HA will review: <br />Whether the ALJ hearing was conducted in a fair manner; <br />Whether the ALJ’s decision is supported by the facts in the case; and <br />Whether the ALJ properly applied the law and regulations <br />
Decision of the Board of Review/Secretary <br />
Must be mailed to all involved parties (Department and Employer) ( Rule 1-077 (E) NMRA )</li></li></ul><li>Writ Of Certiorari<br />Is an Order signed by the District Court judge requiring the Department to submit the UI record of your claim to the judge assigned to your case <br />
Things to Know<br />No docket fee will be charged for filing your appeal <br />You must have the original documents and three copies (one for you, one for the Department, and one for the employer)<br />Provide pre-addressed postage paid envelopes to the court for mailing of the writ<br />Cases will be done different based on the judge’s preference <br />
Filing For And Receiving Unemployment Insurance <br />Produced by New Mexico Legal Aid<br />Funded with assistance From The Pro Hac Vice Fund of the New Mexico State Bar Fundation<br />LSC<br />