If you know nothing about how unemployment appeal hearings work, then you may want to bone up on to know what rights you have before, during and after the first hearing .. as well as how you might use the rules of procedure for administrative law hearings, applied before, during and after a hearing.
However, a claimant, just like an employer, has the right to be professionally represented at an unemployment appeal hearing .. no matter who the appellant, or apellee might be.
As for what makes me wonder, it's that if employers know it can be wise to to have an expert hearing rep, to improve their odds of winning at the hearing .. why don't claimants know this too.
Could it be that states suggest you don't need to be represented, when they inform you of your right to be represented by an attorney, or other representative?
I personally have an abiding admiration for the skills of non-attorney professional unemployment hearing specialists who have honed those skills as representatives of employers in multiple states. And the fact that was made possible because a majority of states conduct their UI appeal hearings .. by phone.
A majority of phone hearing states also do not limit an employer, or a claimant, to only hiring an attorney licensed in the state to represent them. More about arcane attorney only state rules here.
Of course the hearing reps I work with today, do not and cannot work for free, as if they were a non-profit legal aid organization. But the reps I work with to bring this referral service to life, also don't cost as much as unemployment lawyers, without the depth of experience a lot of "other representatives" have working at UI hearings for years.
So, which states will I be able to refer those interested in improving their odds of winning an unemployment hearing, in?
If your state is listed above then all you need to do now, is click her get the email form that acts your request for a case referral.
The initial consultation with a hearing rep is free. The cost of their representation for claimants, generally ranges from $300 to $600, depending on the state, or the complexity of your case.
If you can't afford the cost of unemployment representation, then consider checking the coaching option. You can ask the hearing rep you end up talking to, how much they'd charge to coach you, to represent your own best interests at the hearing better than you might of, without any help.
When you submit the form below, I going to send out an automated email to the email you provided for yourself. Please check your spam folder if you don't get it .. because sometimes it ends up there, for reasons unknown to me.
The purpose of this email is to provide you with my phone number, in case you need to contact me for some reason .. such as when you don't hear from a hearing rep within 48 hours .. excluding weekends of course.