Overview of Appeals
Unemployment Insurance (UI) is paid to an individual (claimant) who meets eligibility requirements under the law. Initial decisions about Ul benefits are generally issued through a Determination of Deputy. An interested party who disagrees with the Determination of Deputy has the right to appeal and have a hearing.
What kind of hearing will it be?
Your hearing will be an administrative law hearing conducted by an impartial Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) in the Office of Appeals. It will deal only with issues relating to unemployment insurance.
Why is a hearing important to me?
The hearing is your opportunity to present your case to the ALJ. The ALJ will decide whether unemployment insurance benefits are payable.
When appropriate, the ALJ will also decide whether such benefits should be charged against an employer's tax rate.
Who should attend the hearing?
If you get a notice, you should attend the hearing. If you do not attend the hearing, the ALJ will not have your testimony and evidence to consider when deciding the case.
If you are the claimant and you do not attend the hearing, you may be denied future benefits. You may also have to repay benefits already received.
If an employer does not attend the hearing, its unemployment insurance tax rate may go up because benefits paid to the claimant may be charged against it.
What is the Office of Appeals?
The Office of Appeals is a statewide office that provides impartial due process hearings to resolve disputed matters in programs administered by the Department of Economic Security (DES). One of those programs is Unemployment Insurance (UI).
The following is meant to provide a brief description of UI appeal hearings. It is intended to inform, not to advise. The statements contained herein do not have the force and effect of law or rules and regulations. If you do not fully understand the law or your rights in the appeal process, contact one of our offices. A Docket Officer (an ALJ other than the one who will hear your case or a paralegal) will be glad to answer your questions. Note: the ALJ assigned to your case cannot discuss the case except during the hearing.