It was while an employee of an unemployment cost control company, I quickly learned it wasn't a huge amount of laborious explaining in the content of an unemployment appeal letter that won a hearing, but lost them for unemployment claimants.
Tip: Until you know what, in the law, makes it possible for you to win an unemployment hearing, it's best to KISS appeals.
What you don't say .. in the letter of appeal may prevent you from filing an untenable unemployment appeal that any part of, can potentially, be used against you at an unemployment hearing.
So, here's a sample letter of appeal to the unemployment office .. that will keep claimants safe from spilling ammunition and their guts .. because you shouldn't hurt your chances should you find you have some necessary merits to work with.
But here might be a lesser known fact about UI appeals ..
It's usually not the employee claimant needing a sample appeal letter when denied unemployment benefits, it's the employer.
I know, because I can still write an employer appeal letter meant only to save their appeal rights .. even for baseless unemployment protest of benefits .. with my eyes closed.
It's precisely what I based the sample letter for claimants that don't understand why the initial determination of benefits is wrong .yet, but still need to send a timely appeal to save their appeal rights.
It might be that's it's been so long since I first realized there's only one unemployment appeal hearing you've got to win, that I truly feel like a broken record sometimes while writing about and talking about the FIRST UNEMPLOYMENT HEARING to people that finally asked for help after it's too late for me to even offer help.
It's the tribunal hearing where you get the opportunity to expose facts, that might of been missing at the time an initial determination of benefits made by a claims adjudicator after a rudimentary investigation.
Because that determination is based only upon the available information at the deadline to determine .. it can very well be erroneous.
But, the importance of winning the first hearing probably isn't second nature.to an unemployed person.
Heck .. it's likely even not second nature to the employee to know there are circumstances that make it important to start preparing for winning unemployment appeals while still an employee.
But employers know this.
Lower level hearings, sometimes called tribunals or commission hearings are considered Full Fact Finder Proceedings.
the hearing is said to be informal, it's like a mini trial compared to the experience you had with the claims department investigator and they are also, frequently held via the telephone.
At an unemployment hearing you are allowed .. actually you're expected, to know and understand in a quasi-legal sense, what you're doing when you represent yourself.
Excuse me .. effective representation as far as I know, is a learned skill set from experience representing interested parties to an appeal hearing .. which may be the appellant or the appellee.
Representing yourself effectively can include..submitting
documents into the record .. even if you have to subpoena documents to get them there and to the other interested party.
It includes drawing relevant testimony from witnesses beneficial to your cause.
Cross examining (probing opportunities) heard in the opposing party's witness testimony in an effort to discredit the testimony.
AND last, but not least, the biggie .. making objections on the record to protect any rights you have to due process while that all important record, is being created for further unemployment appeals.
Oh, and you may be entitled to make a closing argument to pull all the facets of your argument together at the end..
In closing, I'd like to say that I'm not a fan of appealing to save rights when there's no merits to develop an argument around .. however it's an effective strategy which when you get down to learning if, or why, you might have merits .. you learn you don't even unemployment appeals can be as easily withdrawn as they are filed.
Yes, you should know the issue(s) your unemployment appeal needs to address.