Representation of Claimants at Unemployment Compensation Proceedings: Identifying Models and Proposed Solutions

Emsellem and Halas posit that claimants need representation at unemployment compensation proceedings. Evaluating statistical and survey data, the authors find that representation significantly improves a claimant’s chance of receiving unemployment compensation. Improved recovery rates, they argue, benefit not only claimants but also society. The authors analyze the factors inducing employer appeals of compensation awards. They also review the systemic issues that accompany the provision of representation to those unable to afford it or to those unfamiliar with the unemployment compensation process. Finally, the authors present models of expanding claimant representation.