From time to time claims get stalled and/or payments are delayed. Efforts to reach claims representatives by phone are often unsuccessful, or fail to achieve the desired result. Even visits to your local career center can fail to bear fruit.
In that event, if you have been waiting more than three-four weeks for a response/approval and or benefits, we strongly recommend you send an email to your elected state representative, describing your issue. In almost all cases, the elected representative will contact you almost immediately, then contact the state DOL, which in turn will contact you. Generally, payments are released within 48 hours after DOL contact.
Remember, your elected officials work for YOU. The unemployment insurance benefit program exists to provide financial assistance until you can find work.
There are plenty of success stories here on the website with this approach.
BE PROACTIVE – Contact your state legislator. You will get a response.
Find your elected state representative at the links below. We will update and add to this list from time to time. If your state is not listed, do a Google search for “[state] elected state representative.” Generally, your state’s website will turn up. Most state websites also provide a representative “finder.”
State Representative Links:
MD – http://mdelect.net/