What Can I Do If I Am Denied Benefits?

You may appeal a Notice of Claim Determination within 15 days of the mailing date of the document. By doing so, you are requesting a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. The appeal may be filed by visiting the Job Center nearest your residence within 15 days of the mailing date of the form. You may also file the appeal by mail. Simply address your request to the office or unit listed on the determination, indicating that you wish to appeal.

When an appeal is filed, it is sent to the Appeals Section where an Administrative Law Judge reviews it and then schedules it for a hearing. A hearing notice will be mailed to the parties. Most hearings are conducted at the office where the claim was filed or at some other hearing location that is within 50 miles of both parties. If both parties are not within 50 miles of a common hearing location, the hearing would be conducted by telephone.

If you appeal as a claimant, you should continue to file weekly claims until a final decision is rendered or until you return to work.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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