When someone tells me, they were denied unemployment benefits, the first thing I usually ask is whether it was out of the gate with the initial claims determination, or after their employer appealed to a hearing .. which would mean a reversal of the initial determination allowing benefits.
Next, I ask about the merits found in the separation from the job.
The level of an unemployment appeal ( the letter signaling disagreement ) really does matter to your chances for correcting erroneous findings of benefits by the claims department.
There are two appeal levels within an administrative law agency, otherwise called the unemployment department.
Generally speaking, a board of review is not allowed to entertain new testimony or evidence, but can order a reversal, affirmation of the hearing officer's decision .. or remand the case back down to the tribunal level for a new hearing, or an additional hearing so you can offer new testimony and/or evidence.
Do you need to let this sink in for a moment?
Basically, I'm saying .. if you have been denied benefits ... it's better to think of the tribunal, or first, unemployment appeal as your only chance to get, or keep unemployment benefits because board appeals force you to know how your rights to due process might of been stepped on .. and if you known they were being stepped on, you would of objected during the first unemployment hearing to create a point of appeal for the board to review.