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I received a Notice of Unemployment Insurance Appeal Hearing. What should I do?
The hearing packet you received includes a Notice of Unemployment Insurance Appeal Hearing, an appeal statement, and all relevant documentation from the claim file. Prepare for the hearing by reading all materials in the hearing packet. Know the issues that will be addressed at the hearing and decide if you need to obtain or submit documents, other evidence, or if you need to have witnesses. You must submit any documents or evidence to all interested parties (the other names and addresses on the Notice of Hearing) prior to the date of the hearing. Finally, put the time and date of the hearing on your calendar as an additional reminder of the scheduled hearing.
My former employer submitted an appeal. Will this stop my benefits?
Your unemployment benefits will not stop unless the employer wins the appeal. Benefits do not stop during the appeal process. If the employer wins, you may have to pay back any benefits you have received.
Do I need to participate in the hearing?
Yes. If you submitted the appeal, you must participate, or your appeal will be dismissed. You should also participate if the opposing party submitted the appeal. The hearing officer makes a decision based on what is presented during the hearing. If you do not participate, the hearing officer will hold the hearing without you and without your side of the story. If you do not participate, any documents you submitted will not be used by the hearing officer to make his or her decision. Even if you are not currently unemployed, or “don’t want benefits” from that employer, it is in your best interest to participate in the hearing.
Do I need to come in person for my hearing?
No. You have the option to participate in a hearing by telephone. The Notice of Hearing gives both local and toll-free hearing numbers. It will not sway the hearing officer one way or the other if you attend in person or by telephone.
What if I have a schedule conflict with the date and time of the hearing?
Call us as soon as possible to request a postponement if you are unable to arrange your schedule to participate in the hearing. You must tell us why you cannot participate in the scheduled hearing. The Appeals Section has the authority to either grant or deny postponement requests. We will only grant postponements for valid reasons. Call us at (303) 318-9299 or 1 (800) 405-2338 to request a postponement.
Do not submit a postponement request in writing because additional information may be needed.
Written postponement requests will not be granted.
What if I need an interpreter for the hearing?
Call us as soon as possible to request an interpreter at (303) 318-9299 or 1 (800) 405-2338.
Where is the hearing?
Your Notice of Hearing will tell you the address and will give you the phone numbers for the hearing. Hearings are held in downtown Denver and at other hearing offices around Colorado. You can also participate in any hearing by telephone.