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I have two questions. 1. Are employers NOT required to

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I have two questions.

1. Are employers NOT required to give the unemployment applications or claims to terminated employees if the employer thinks that these employees would not qualify for unemployment?

2. If I am denied unemployment and then go forward with an appeal, am I allowed to bring my union lawyer?
Hello and welcome,

Employers are not required to provide employees with an application for unemployment benefits typically. It is up to the employee to contact the EDD and file an application.

Union attorneys are not required to represent employees or union members in unemployment proceedings normally unless the union agreement states otherwise.

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Thank you for your quick and helpful answers!

I should be more clear about my second question. Would the EDD allow a union lawyer to accompany me to my appeal hearing if the union lawyer is willing to do so? Or would the EDD allow only my former employer and I to meet with the hearing officer?
Yes, you would normally be permitted to have the attorney of your choosing represent you at the hearing, assuming they are willing to represent you.

You are very welcome and all the best to you!
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