If you are told you don’t qualify for unemployment benefits, you can appeal that decision. You can find information about how to appeal at the bottom of the second page of your determination letter.
These are the general steps to take for an appeal:
- Mail a letter to the Department of Labor within 30 days of the date on your determination letter. Tell them you want to appeal. You also may send your appeal by email, fax or drop it off. See the Department of Labor’s website for details on what to include in your appeal letter. Keep a copy of your letter.
- If you’d rather use an appeal form, you can use the UI Claimant Appeal form. Fill it out and save a copy for yourself.
- Keep looking for a job and report to the department about your job search each week while you are waiting for the decision.
Here is what happens after you file an appeal:
- An administrative law judge will review your claim and denial.
- You will have a hearing with the administrative law judge by telephone conference call. The employer who laid you off will also have the right to be on the call. The call will be recorded. Both you and the employer will be able to testify under oath about what happened and submit documents at least 24 hours before the hearing. If you want someone to testify for you, they must be on the same conference call.
- All of this information will be considered by the administrative law judge, who will decide if you should get benefits.
- For more information, see the back of your Notice of Hearing or see the Department of Labor’s website for more details on the appeals process.
If you want to appeal your unemployment claim decision, you may be able to get help from us. Fill out our form and we will call you back. Your information will be sent to Legal Services Vermont, which screens requests for help for both Vermont Legal Aid and Legal Services Vermont.