Unemployment Compensation Unit

The Unemployment Compensation Unit assists clients with getting, keeping, and resolving problems with unemployment compensation.

Practice Areas: Unemployment Compensation

Intake Procedure:

Applicants may come to walk-in intake or call the telephone intake line.  Applicants may also apply online.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicant must be LSC eligible and a resident of Philadelphia.

Funded By: Legal Services Corporation

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I check the status of my unemployment compensation claim?

You can call the UC Service Center at 888-313-7284.  The Service Center only take calls on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.  The least busiest time to call is towards the end of the day.  If you are still waiting on hold at 4 p.m., you will be asked to leave a message, and you should receive a call back that evening or the next day.  Due to a staff shortage at the Service Center, you may experience busy signals and/or long delays.


PLA releases report on the current unemployment compensation crisis

February 3, 2017 -- Philadelphia Legal Assistance has released a report, No Relief to Those Who Need It Most: The Unemployment Compensation Crisis of 2016 -2017, on the effects of recent staff furloughs at the Department of Labor and Industry on Pennsylvania's unemployed workers.

PLA Wins Commonwealth Court Victory in Uber Case

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  January 25, 2018

Julia Simon-Mishel
Staff Attorney, Philadelphia Legal Assistance

E-mail: jsimonmishel@philalegal.org
Phone: (215) 981-3889                                                     

Unemployment Compensation for Puerto Ricans Affected by Hurricane Maria

An estimated 10,000+ Puerto Ricans who were jobless after #HurricaneMaria and #HurricaneIrma could now qualify for up to 52 weeks of Disaster Unemployment Assistance under just-announced extended federal program. The following resource was put together by the National Employment Law Project, Ayuda Legal Puerto Rico, and LatinoJustice PRLDEF  to help advocates better assist workers who may qualify for this essential aid.    

Job Postings

Staff Attorney, Unemployment Compensation Unit Full-Time Position



Philadelphia Legal Assistance (“PLA”) is the federally funded civil legal aid provider for Philadelphia’s indigent community, providing high-volume, high-quality legal services including community education, advice, referral, pro se assistance, and representation at administrative hearings as well as at all levels of state and federal courts in the areas of basic human needs: family safety, health, income maintenance, and home preservation.



Michael Riccio - Paralegal
Julia Simon-Mishel - Attorney

Julia Simon-Mishel is the Supervising Attorney of the Unemployment Compensation Unit.

Aaron Sommer - Attorney