Unemployment insurance is paid by employers. There is no money taken out of any employee’s paycheck to pay for it and it is not paid for by your taxes. It is strictly paid for out of your employer’s unemployment account. Because of this, your last employer and all of your base period employers have the right to protest an employee’s unemployment claim. In fact, because employers pay taxes that fund the account from which unemployment benefits are paid, we have to notify employers in your base period and give them an opportunity to protest before we pay benefits out of the fund to you. This is called a protest period and will show online on your claim as a pending protest. This is a usual part of the process and is a period of about ten days. If after that time, no issues are discovered and no protests are received, you would receive back payment for any money due. However, it is important that during this time you continue to request payments weekly.