I do not necessarily want to prevent the ex-employee from obtaining unemployment benefits, but do want to know how the claim could/would affect my business and potential future obligations to pay into the unemployment fund.
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The EDD provides a great resource for you to study and learn about how the unemployment insurance process will affect you as a business person. Please take a look at the following links for that resource.
Take a look especially at the Employer Information link on that page.
Good luck to you.
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