What can I do if my employer fails to provide the information necessary for me to file an unemployment claim?
I was recently laid off due to lack of work. My former employer provided me with a separation notice but he didn't put his employer account number on it. I took this notice to the unemployment office. They told me that I need to get this account number from my former employer to be able to get unemployment compensation. I have called him several times to get this but he keeps telling me he can't find this number and will call me back when he finds it. I need to have some sort of income while I am looking for a new job. Is there anything I can do legally if he does not provide me with this number? He signed the separation notice so shouldn't he be obligated to complete the form in its entirety?
Hmmm. Makes me think he doesn't have unemployment insurance. I would do this: call the Department of Labor and Workforce Development in Tennessee. There is within the Department an Employment Security division that provides a safety net for workers who have lost their job through no fault of their own. I would contact them as to your employer and find out what you can do and if you can file a complaint. No employer likes to be contacted by their state department of labor. It makes their skin crawl. www.state.tn.us/labor-wfd/esdiv.html Good luck.
Your employer is required to provide you with the number. The employer is not providing your with the number so that he does not have to pay and you cannot properly process this claim. You should not and do not have to tolerate this as it is illegal. The labor department should have this on file. Call and ask them for it. Otherwise, I suggest that you hire a lawyer to write a letter to the employer advising him that you intent to report his actions to the labor department unless he provides you with the number in 2 days (fax and mail the letter to the employer). The employer knows this number and the fact that he is withholding it is unbelievable. Most lawyers can draft this letter for you for less than $500.00. If the employer fails to respond, send a letter to the labor department explaining the employer's refusal to provide the information.