How Do I Appeal Unemployment Benefits When Denied?
An inflexible and complicated appeal process governs the pathway to unemployment benefits reinstatement. More importantly, timeliness is crucial. When you choose to appeal an unemployment benefits decision, be ready to race time.
Keep An Eye On The Clock
If you have received your initial Notice of Determination and were denied unemployment benefits, the clock begins to tick. You will have 15 days from the initial determination to appeal unemployment benefits. The first thing the referee examines is the date when the appeal was filed.
Don’t File Late
Filing late is not an option. After all, if you are not timely, this influences the outcome of your appeal, often solidifying the denial of unemployment compensation. This is a very heavy burden to meet if you filed late because you did not fully understand the requirements. Late filing sets you up for an uphill battle and the odds will be against you in winning unemployment benefits, even if you would have otherwise received them.
Read The Fine Print
Generally, the Notice of Determination or the Referee’s Decision states the required information for an appeal. Due to the process, these documents request details such as your name, address, social security number, date of the determination being appealed, reason for the appeal, and name and address of the individual filing the appeal. Of course, most of this information is intuitive, but it never hurts to be prepared.
Quick Tips To Help Your Case
As the appeal process becomes more complicated, we recommend the use of the forms made available on the PA Department of Labor and Industry website to appeal unemployment benefits that were denied. Additionally, do not rely simply on one method of delivery, but instead use two methods, specifically fax and email, to deliver your appeal. Not only does this help ensure delivery, but these methods also preserve a dated record should timeliness or delivery become an issue.
If you are concerned about your appeal and how to complete the process in a timely manner, we can help guide you through the process and assist you however you need. Make sure that a simple mistake in an administrative process does not jeopardize your unemployment benefits.