Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Unemployment Insurance Benefits Are a Basic Right for Employees

I had Brian Hawes represent me in my unemployment appeal. The EDD denied me benefits because they said I had been fired for misconduct because I had a big fight with my boss. Mr. Hawes met with me and spent a lot of time with me to get me ready for my court appearance. He was thorough and knowledgeable and told me just what to expect from the judge. The hearing lasted almost 2 hours, and Mr. Hawes fought for me the whole time, and we won! I was so glad to get my benefits, but I know I couldn’t have done it without him.

Karen K.

October 17, 2013

EDD LogoUnemployment benefits are a basic right for employees who have been terminated in the State of California.

The California Employment Development Department (EDD) is responsible for administrating the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program in the state.

The Unemployment Insurance program provides workers who lose their jobs through no fault of their own with unemployment insurance payments. The program is 100% funded by employers who pay taxes on wages paid to employees.

The Employment Development Department is one of the largest state departments with employees at hundreds of service locations throughout the state.

Sometimes the EDD makes a mistake or acts on incorrect information provided to them by an unscrupulous employer.

If you believe you have been improperly denied unemployment insurance benefits or have been told to repay benefits received, find out if an attorney can help by calling 650.320.1616.

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This Unemployment Attorney Levels the Playing Field

Were you fired for misconduct? Our office has helped numerous clients win their case even though they were fired for what they were told was misconduct.

An angry boss can fire you without actually saying the words, “You’re Fired!” Did you leave your job voluntarily? Just because you quit, it does not automatically mean that you lose your unemployment benefits. We have experience in helping clients in cases of constructive dismissal when their boss’ behavior became so intolerable that they had to resign.

Unemployment insurance cases raise many complex issues. In dealing with the EDD you need to know how to present your case. This includes winning strategies, as well as how to defend yourself against the attacks of your employer and his attorney.

The Law Offices of Brian E. Hawes has successfully represented numerous clients in their appeals to the EDD.

We have routinely succeeded in convincing judges to reverse the decisions of the EDD and restore rightful benefits to our clients.

Call today and find out if we can help you get your benefits back.

Sometimes the EDD demands that unemployed workers pay back some or all of their unemployment insurance benefits. This can amount to several thousand dollars. If this is your case, we represent clients on overpayment issues, where we have been able to reduce the amount owed, or even eliminate the obligation to repay the EDD altogether. To date we have saved our clients over $100,000 in alleged overpayments and penalties, and the amount continues to rise.

Contact our office now to set up an appointment to discuss your unemployment insurance case.

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Attorney Corrects EDD Mistakes — Clients Speak Out!

Mr. Hawes saved me over $19,000 that the EDD said I owed them.  The EDD said I quit my job, and wanted all the money back they had paid me in unemployment benefits. I was shocked when I got the letter from them.  However, when I contacted Mr. Hawes, he calmed me down and was very reassuring about the case.  He said he thought I had a good case, and spent a lot of time helping to prepare me for my testimony in front of the judge. It paid off, because we won the case, and I was able to keep my unemployment. I don’t know what I would have done without Mr. Hawes taking this case for me.  He knew exactly how to handle it and what to say to the judge.  I am so thankful I found him.

Linda R.

November 25, 2013

Brian was an absolute professional and helped me win my unemployment appeal.  I actually had a very complicated issue in regards to my unemployment compensation. My case had to do with the EDD debit cards and how payments are applied.  Both the judge and Brian acknowledged that my issue was unique and almost unprecedented.

I contacted other unemployment lawyers in the Bay Area who wouldn’t even take on my case and said I couldn’t win. After talking with Brian I put him on retainer and I am very happy that I did.  Brian never doubted that I could win, and he followed through 100%.

At the “trial” he asked all of the right questions and had my back throughout the ordeal, and believe me, if you are unfortunate enough to have to go to court with EDD it is a very unpleasant ordeal.  I’m glad Brian was there to help me through it.  I definitely recommend Brian to anybody who has to go through the appeal process with EDD.

Greg D.

November 15, 2013

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