What Can I Do if My Unemployment Appeal is Denied?
Many unemployment denials are overturned at the appeal hearing, but sometimes things do not go your way. This has been increasingly common with pandemic unemployment, given that the standards and requirements have changed and are not always clear.
If your claim is denied after your appeal hearing, you have the right to appeal to the DUA Board of Review. The Board of Review can decline to consider your appeal, decide to review the record, or offer you a new hearing. Because they may decide which of these three options based on the written submission you provide, this is a good time to get legal advice about your appeal if you have not already done so.
if you decide to write it yourself, make sure to include any information that you were not allowed to provide, or mistakes you think the examiner made in applying the legal standard, and anything else you felt went wrong at the hearing. You can request the opportunity to submit additional information at this stage, but will most likely not be able to do so if you later appeal the Board of Review decision in court.
You have 30 days from the notice of the hearing decision to submit to the Board of Review. This is a firm deadline, and you should make sure not to miss it.
Learn more here about unemployment benefits in Massachusetts.
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