Denied Unemployment? Here Is How To File An Appeal

If you recently applied for unemployment after losing your job, and it was denied, you have the right to an appeal. The exact process for filing an appeal varies by state, so make sure you know the rules for the state you live in. Here is a basic rundown of what you need to do next.

Know the Reason You Were Denied

Before filing an appeal, find out exactly why your request for unemployment benefits was denied. In some cases, there isn't much you can do because you are not eligible for unemployment. In other cases, the judgment was made in error, and an appeal can help you get the benefits you deserve. A common reason for denial is if you quit your job voluntarily. While it is more difficult to get covered if you quit your job, it isn't impossible. It depends on the reasons you quit.

Other possible reasons for denial include if you were filed for misconduct or if you didn't work long enough and earn enough for benefits. If you were fired for misconduct, legal representation for the appeal is highly recommended.

Get Your Paperwork in Order

Once you know why you were denied, you are able to proceed to the next step. You now need to get all of your paperwork in order to file the appeal. Make sure you review the appeal denial letter, as it also contains information about how to send in your appeal, what is required, and how long you have. This changes by location, so make sure you get it done in time. If you wait until after the deadline, there isn't much that can be done. You need to have your work history, paystubs, and the denial letter when preparing the appeal.

Mail in Your Appeal

Make copies of all documents you will be mailing in to your local unemployment office, including your pay stubs, income history, a copy of your original appeal notice, and any other documents they request. In addition to this, your local unemployment office will require basic information, including your name and address, your employer, your social security number, of the contact information for your representative if you have one. You should also note the reason for your appeal and why you believe you were denied unemployment in error.

Attend the Hearing

When you request an appeal, you are also requesting a hearing to be scheduled. You can either attend this hearing alone or with a lawyer, though legal representation, like that offered by the Law Office of Matthew J Brier, is highly recommended. The lawyer will take a look at your case and help you during the hearing to ensure you get the benefits you deserve. You may also be able to bring in a witness for the hearing.