Appeal a Hearing Officer's Decision

If you receive a Hearing Officer's Decision that you disagree with, you may submit a written appeal.

How and when do I appeal?

Your appeal must be received within 20 calendar days of the date the Hearing Officer's Decision was mailed, so you should submit a written appeal right away. If the 20th calendar day is a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the due date of the appeal becomes the next business day.
If we receive your written appeal after the 20 calendar day deadline, you will be required to provide a detailed explanation of the reasons why your appeal is late. The panel of administrative law judges will review the reasons for your late appeal, and will mail a decision telling you if the late appeal is accepted. More>

Submitting an Appeal

To submit an appeal, use our form or send us a handwritten or typed letter. In your letter, include a statement indicating you wish to appeal the Hearing Officer's Decision, along with:
  • Claimant's name - this is the person requesting unemployment benefits.
  • Docket Number on the decision - this number appears directly below the social security number.
  • Name of the business involved in the appeal
  • Any address updates since the hearing
In your initial appeal letter, you do not need to include any arguments or statements about your case. After the appeal is accepted, you will receive instructions on submitting a written statement. More>
After an appeal is filed, a "Notice of Appeal and Opportunity to File Additional Argument" will be sent to all interested parties. One party, or their representative, from each side will receive one (1) audio CD copy of the recorded hearing testimony at no cost.  A copy of the appeal letter will also be sent to the opposing party.

Written Transcript Option * Pursuant to rule, 7 Code Colo. Reg. 1101-2, either party may request and pay for a written transcript. The transcript will be mailed to you as a paper copy, unless otherwise requested. You must include with the appeal the approximate cost of the transcript. The estimated cost of the written transcript is included in the Appeal Rights section of the Hearing Officer’s Decision. Acceptable methods of payment are check or money order made payable to the ICAO.

If a transcript is reasonably necessary for an appeal and you are unable to pay for it, you may request a transcript fee waiver by completing the transcript fee waiver application. You may also request that the transcript fee be waived if a transcript is reasonably necessary due to a disability.
Transcript Fee Waiver Application
Send your appeal to:
 Industrial Claim Appeals Office: Unemployment Insurance Cases
 PO Box 18291
 Denver, CO 80218-0291
 Fax to: (303) 318-8139

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