Rhode Island Unemployment Frequently Asked Questions

At Comerford & Saccoccio, we assist individuals in filing appeal claims in unemployment law. We are located in Johnston, Rhode Island, and assist individuals throughout the Rhode Island and Massachusetts areas by providing very personable legal services. Keep reading to find answers to some common unemployment law questions.

Q: I am unemployed and can’t afford to hire an attorney. What should I do?
A: At our firm, we provide free initial consultations for clients. By coming into our office for a free consultation, we can provide guidance on what steps to take next. By not taking any action, you risk permanently being denied unemployment benefits.

Q: Do I need to have witnesses prepared to testify for my case?
A: You may need to have witnesses for your case, but not all cases require them. If you do, they will be a crucial part of your case. We will help prepare you and your witnesses for the Referee Hearing.

Q: If I am granted unemployment benefits, will I be able to collect retroactively?
A: You will usually be able to collect unemployment benefits retroactively from the original date you filed for unemployment.

Q: I received a notice in the mail that I was denied unemployment benefits; what do I do next?
A: You have limited time to file an appeal, and in some cases as little as 10 days with the Board of Review after being denied. It is crucial that you contact us at this point to secure your rights in an appeal. An attorney can inform you of the appeals process and how to proceed with filing an appeal.

Q: Am I automatically denied unemployment if I was fired or if I quit my job?
A: No. Depending on the circumstances, you may still be able to collect unemployment benefits.

Q: I went to the Referee Hearing alone. Is it still possible to hire a lawyer?
A: Yes. If you have been denied an appeal after attending the Referee Hearing alone, we may still be able to help. We may be able to file another appeals claim to the full Board of Review or even an appeal to the District Court. At any point in the process, we provide complimentary consultations for all new clients.

Get Started Today – Contact Comerford & Saccoccio

Contact our firm at 401-944-1600 to schedule a free initial consultation with David Comerford and Frank Saccoccio.