How do I appeal a determination that I am ineligible for unemployment benefits?

1. An appeal from a Claims Deputy's decision must be filed within 7 calendar days after delivery of the decision or within 10 calendar days after the mailing date of the decision.  The Claims Deputy's decision is final if no appeal if filed.

2. If an appeal is filed, a hearing is scheduled to be heard by an "Appeals Referee."  All evidence, including witness testimony and written documents should be presented at this hearing.  If a witness will not appear voluntarily, or written documents cannot be obtained, the worker can request a subpoena compelling the attendance of a witness or the production of documents.  The Appeals Referee will then hear the testimony, review the written evidence and later issue a written decision.

3. The Appeals Referee's decision may be appealed to the Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board, a five-member panel.  An appeal from an Appeal Referee's decision must be made within 10 calendar days of the mailing of the decision.  The Board may limit review to the evidence presented to the Appeals Referee, however, at the Board's discretion, additional testimony, documents and arguments may be considered.

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