Here's something employees and unemployment claimant usually don't know before, they or their former employer appeals the initial determination. When you finally attend the lower level unemployment hearings alone, or choose to default by non-appearance, it's the employer that often shows up with a professional non-attorney hearing rep, because that representative was provided to them by a company referred to as a TPA (third party administrator), otherwise known as an UI cost control company .. that provides appeal representation, as an integral part of a package of services.
The reason I know this this works against you winning, is because I coordinated UI hearings for not just one, but three of these companies.
One of the most important parts of my job, was to always make sure the client who wanted to deny benefits had a non-attorney hearing rep with them at hearings, to control the presentation of facts and evidence, unless the state rules about representation required me to retain an unemployment attorney for UI administrative law hearings .. if so, then that route became one of hunting down a willing attorney, open to negotiating on the amount of their fee to a reasonable amount I didn't have to get special permission to agree to pay.
Yet, being represented is the most straightforward solution I know, that works just as well, if not better for unemployed people who otherwise have no experience avoiding the hurdles, but only learning about them during, or often after the lower level unemployment hearing has concluded.
To be represented by someone well acquainted with how both state unemployment laws works along with the expertise to effectively get relevant facts on the record in accordance with those pesty rules of procedure for administrative law hearings can be a game changer.
So, if you can afford help, my advice is to allow me to refer you to a professional representative since those reps who do work for claimants have a much better win/loss ratio than pro se claimants do in general .. who lose hearings about seventy-five percent of the time, or those who work only for employers and win seventy-five percent of the time.
You are under no obligation to engage the services of a hearing rep, if after conducting a free initial consultation they decide they will represent you and quote the cost of representation at your unemployment appeal hearing.
(By the way, a free initial consultation, (although it is not as positive as often) also applies to those wondering if there might be the possibility of a written argument going to an unemployment insurance board of review after a simple appeal letter is filed to a hearing decision.)
On top of the advantage of professional unemployment appeal services, when you fill out the form and choose representation, or just coaching with me, you will receive an email from me (Chris - Unemployment-Tips.com) that has my phone number .. in case you want to follow up and contact me personally, or have questions .. or just want to say hello.
However, don't be surprised, if I'm the one who calls you because something you included in the text box where you need to put at least some factual and relevant details about your issue .. has me scratching my head before I forward your request.
Fill out the request form for a referral to a Professional Unemployment Hearing Representative.
Be sure you first know the average cost of representation, and the states that this referral program work in .. which is why I also offer ..
Unemployment Coaching This is my own unemployment service for those in a pinch, or a state that requires unemployment attorneys .. or conduct in person hearings and I don't work with a rep close to the hearing venue.
Although I would prefer to keep employees from jumping, or being pushed from their job .. we don't live in a perfect world but it does improve things when we have time to acquire documentation useful to rebut misconduct, or prove why we had good cause .. other than just hoping the unemployment department takes our word for it. Problem is .. employees generally don't think about UI in a preemptive fashion .. like you know who.
But, that doesn't mean I'm not able to educate and literally improve the odds .. like some of these folks explained. Who knows, even you might think fifty dollars isn't a bad deal .. after we're done talking about it.
You can also just email me directly and ask if I am willing to coach you, if you explain your issue, or just use the request form below.
Professional hearing representation is the goal when I refer a claimant's case. If your case is accepted by a hearing rep, it will generally cost between $350 and $550.
(This is also the price range, for those inquiring about a representative providing a written argument, based on the record of a lower level appeal hearing. Someone think to get a copy of the recording of their hearing for this appeal to have a chance of working better .. especially if you and the other party both appeared and it's the soundness of the hearing officer's decision, you are disagreeing with on appeal.)
When you fill out the form at the bottom of this page, you will have the option of choosing either a referral to qualified (by qualified, I mean they represent parties at UI hearing for a living and frequently, in multiple states, given a majority conduct unemployment phone hearings.)
When you submit the request form you are sent an automated email from me. It includes my personal contact information, me being Chris with Unemployment Tips
What happens next will depend on whether you requested representation, or coaching services.
Requests for hearing representation are quickly forwarded to a hearing rep qualified to represent you as long as your hearing is being held in a state included in the the list just above. They will contact you so they can conduct the free initial consultation. Feel free to let me know if you wait longer than 48 hours, not including weekend and holidays.
If you requested coaching I leave it up to you to call me at the number provided in the automated email sent to you. Before anyone pays me for coaching, it is essential you first schedule the day and time for coaching.
Either way you go ..
All my best and goo luck.
Chris - Unemployment-Tips.com