Unemployment Law Research Guide

Posted April 9, 2009.
Prepared by Cheryl Nyberg for Prof. Debbie Maranville's Unemployment Compensation Clinic.

This guide covers print and online sources relevant for legal research on unemployment law topics. Some online sources are restricted to users who have UW Net IDS, individual LexisNexis or Westlaw IDs or passwords, and/or visitors using the Gallagher Law Library.


The Law Library subscribes to several commercial databases.

BNA Labor & Employment Law Library
Includes federal and state laws, regulations, and cases on disabilities, fair employment, employment rights, and wages and hours. Also includes checklists, expert commentary, and news.

CCH Unemployment Insurance Reporter
Ask a reference librarian to login.
Several UI titles appear under the "Payroll" tab, including federal and state unemployment insurance laws, regulations, cases, and commentary.

Washington Commission of Employment Security precedential decisions, 1954 to date.



Washington Employment Security Department
Lots of information for employees and employers; many documents in multiple languages. Includes a link to the Precedential Decisions of the Commissioner.

Washington Office of Administrative Hearings, Unemployment Hearings FAQs
Answers to frequently asked questions about unemployment hearings.

WashingtonLawHelp, Unemployment Compensation
Provides several self-help guides, several in Spanish. Includes appealing a denial of benefits in Superior Court and self-representation at an unemployment compensation benefits hearing.

U.S. Department of Labor, Unemployment Insurance
A portal to UI information on the Labor Dep't website. Specialized resources from the Employment & Training Administration include:

National Employment Law Project, Unemployment Insurance
NELP is a nationwide organization. The website includes news, publications, and statistics.


Treatises & Deskbooks

Washington Lawyers Practice Manual. KFW80.W27 1986 at Reference Area & Reference Area PCs (CD)
Vol. 7, Chapter 21, Public Entitlement Law, Part 3: Employment Security covers history, eligibility, disqualifications, appeal procedures, judicial review, and overpayment. Includes several "practice tips." About 37 pages. Updated 2008.

Employment in Washington. KFW331.Z9L38 1993 at Reference Area & LexisNexis
Chapter 10, Termination of Employment, section 6, Unemployment Insurance, covers taxation, eligibility, disqualification, benefits, and the limited effect of unemployment rulings. About 8 pages.

Labor and Employment Law. KF3365.K47 2003 at Reference Area
Vol. 10, Chapter 266, Unemployment Compensation is national in scope. Covers purpose and scope, contributions, claims, and disqualifications. About 28 pages.

Washington Employment Law Deskbook, 15th ed. KFW331.W37 2003 at Reference Area
Chapter 9, Unemployment Compensation Insurance, covers eligibility, notice to employer, appeals, benefits, good cause for quitting, termination for serious misconduct, continuing eligibility, garnishments, employer records, reporting, interest and penalties, and effect of ESD decisions. About 10 pages. Text reproduced on companion CD-ROM.

Unemployment Insurance in the United States: Analysis of Policy Issues. HD7096.U5 U633 1997 at Classified Stacks

For other books in the Law Library, search the online catalog by the subject: Unemployment Insurance.


Current Developments

Use these sources for news about recent cases and issues.

Clearinghouse Review, shelved by title, Floor 7 & Civil Law Clinic
A bimonthly magazine from the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law. Features practice-oriented articles and reviews of recent legislative and regulatory developments.

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