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 for legal assistance may call the telephone intake line or apply online. People who need assistance filing an initial application for unemployment compensation can apply for benefits on-line or call the statewide number at 888-313-7284. Those who are having trouble filing an initial application directly can get help from volunteers by calling the UC Application Project.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicant must be LSC eligible and a resident of Philadelphia.

Funded By: Legal Services Corporation

Job Postings

Special Project Coordinator, Unemployment Compensation Unit

Position:                                 Special Project Coordinator, Unemployment Compensation Unit

                                                Full-Time Position

Anticipated Start date:         July 2020

Application requirements:   Cover letter, resume, three references and a five-page writing sample

Background:

Articles

UC and PUA: Frequently Asked Questions

Unemployment Compensation (UC) FAQ

I still have not received a PIN number, what should I do?

If you submitted your initial application for UC benefits over three weeks ago and have not received a PIN number in the mail, you should request a new one using this form.

Please note, if you are able to use the PIN number from a previous UC claim if you have one.

Pennsylvania Rolls Out Federal Stimulus Enhancements to Unemployment Compensation Benefits

On Friday evening, April 10, 2020, Governor Tom Wolf announced important progress by the Commonwealth in implementing supplemental unemployment benefits made available by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. These new benefits will bring desperately needed relief to unemployed workers throughout the Commonwealth.

PLA publishes information about unemployment compensation and COVID-19

Closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic are impacting access to unemployment compensation benefits.  PLA has published guidance on how to apply for unemployment after a job loss related to COVID-19.

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.    

PLA Wins Commonwealth Court Victory in Uber Case

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  January 25, 2018

CONTACT:
Julia Simon-Mishel
Staff Attorney, Philadelphia Legal Assistance

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

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.

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.

Professionals

Rachel Miller - Attorney
Michael Riccio - Paralegal
Julia Simon-Mishel - Attorney

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

Aaron Sommer - Attorney