L & B Agents

Unemployment Benefits

Have your unemployment benefits been denied?  Is the State of Michigan, the unemployment office, or your prior employer fighting your unemployment claim?  Contact us for your free consultation and possible representation!

L & B Agents has experienced representatives that have been helping claimants collect their Michigan unemployment benefits for over 20 years.  We can help you from the very beginning when filing for unemployment or at any time during the administrative process.  We can be there to help you every step of the way with courteous and knowledgeable help. 

We can help you file for unemployment, answer fact finding form questions, protest a determination, and appeal a redetermination.  We can also represent you in your unemployment hearings before an administrative law judge.  We represent claimants before the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA - the unemployment office), Michigan Administrative Hearing System (MAHS - the administrative law judges), and the Michigan Compensation Appellate Commission (MCAC - formally the Board of Review).  We have built a reputation with these agencies for knowledgeable and thorough representation.

We have helped clients who have been denied as a result of a firing, whether it be for alleged misconduct, absenteeism, theft, assault, or illegal drugs.  We have helped clients who have been denied for quitting a job, failing to apply for a job, or failing to accept a job.  We have helped clients who are held ineligible for benefits due to an alleged inability to work or unavailability for work.  We have helped clients who are held ineligible under the school denial provisions (Section 27) or employed provisions (section 48) of the Act.  We have helped clients under the TRA and TAA provisions of the federal statute.  We have helped people who owe restitution or are accused of fraud.  After 20 years, L & B Agents has probably dealt with whatever problem you have and can help you get the benefits you deserve.

We care about our clients and our community.  We are an accredited business of the Better Business Bureau of Western Michigan (BBB) with an A+ rating.  We have won awards through the BBB for small business of the year (1999) and for best in community service (2002).  While we represent you, you can expect the best the State of Michigan has to offer.  Our goal is to provide you with the best representation possible.

If you are collecting unemployment benefits, but your employer or the unemployment office is still fighting you, we can help.  If you have been denied your unemployment benefits for any reason, don't let the State of Michigan or your past employer win.  Contact us for a free consultation and possible representation.  In most cases, we get paid only if you get paid.

We look forward to serving you.


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The following is a list of frequently asked questions.  We offer these to assist you in obtaining your unemployment benefits.  We hope they help!


Note:  The information contained in these unemployment FAQs pertains only to  unemployment claims in the State of Michigan and is accurate to the best of our knowledge.  We encourage any input with regard to possible inaccuracies or content.

Have I earned enough to file a claim for unemployment benefits?

The monetary requirements for filing a claim are located here, and look under "Qualifying Requirements".


How much money will I receive and for how long?

The formula for figuring out your unemployment benefit entitlement ishere.


How do I file an unemployment claim?

The instructions for filing unemployment are located here.  The online form for filing your claim is here, and click "File an Unemployment Claim Online".

What do I tell the unemployment office about my separation from employment?

If your separation is for a reason other than a lack of work, a layoff, the UIA will ask you specific questions about your separation.   Contact us for free information and possible future representation.


How are my unemployment benefits paid?

When you file a claim for unemployment benefits, you will be asked if you want your money deposited in a debit card through Chase Bank or in your checking or savings account through direct deposit.  We recommend you set it up through direct deposit.

How do I change the way I get paid?



You can change from a debit card to direct deposit or change your direct deposit information by calling the UIA customer service hotline, 1-866-500-0017 or visiting a problem resolution office (PRO), click herefor locations.  You may also create an online account with the UIA and change it there.

What do I do if I lose my debit card?

You can contact Chase Bank at 1-866-523-2122 and report your card lost or stolen.


How do I claim, certify, or report for my unemployment benefits?

You can claim each week you wish by calling MARVIN at 1-866-638-3993 or by creating an online account and certifying through MARVIN online.  Further instructions for claiming benefits are here, including the dates you can call.

What do I do if I miss my call to MARVIN or fail to certify online?


If you miss your specific day to contact MARVIN and both make up days of Thursday and Friday, you MUST REOPEN YOUR CLAIM for unemployment benefits using the same method you used to originally file.  When you reopen your claim, you will be given a day and time to start calling MARVIN again.

How long will it take to get my unemployment benefits?

If your separation was for a lack of work, a lay-off, then you should get paid within 2 - 3 days from the date(s) you certify.  If your separation was for reasons other than a lack of work, you should contact usfor free information.

How do I register for work through MIWorks?





Normally, you must register for work on the Michigan Talent Bank at a MIWorks office in order to qualify for unemployment benefits.  This must be done before your first certification through MARVIN.  We recommend you do this in person at a MIWorks office, and obtain proof of your registration.  After registering, you must update your resume online every 30 days; this can be done from any computer.  For office locations visit the MIWorks' website.

How do I contact the unemployment office?



You can contact the UIA by calling 1-866-500-0017, by going  to a Problem Resolution Office (PRO), or by creating an account online and emailing your questions.  Going to a PRO is usually the best and fastest way to get your question answered; PRO locations are here.

Am I entitled to any unemployment extensions?

Information about federal extensions (EUC) can be found here.  If you are eligible for a State extension (EB), then the State will normally notify you after you have exhausted your EUC benefits.  You can file for either extension here.

Can I collect unemployment benefits if I am disabled? 

No.  If you are permanently disabled you should contact the Social Security Administration or SSA.  If you are not permanently disabled and will be able to return to work at a future date, then you can preserve your benefit entitlement.  Please contact us for free information and possible representation..

How much do you charge to help me collect my 
unemployment benefits? 


The consultation is free.  If we are protesting or appealing a denial, then we only get paid when you get a favorable decision.  If your employer is the one who is appealing, but you still need help, then we charge a reasonable fee based on the estimated work involved.  Pleasecontact us for free inforamtion and possible representation..

If I am denied my unemployment benefits, how do I survive until I find another job?

First of all, don't give up on your unemployment benefits;contact us to see if we can help.  And second, there is help available to find a job and to get you through this time.



 
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