Any time the Employment Department reduces or denies your benefits, we will send you a notice, called an administrative decision. If you don't agree with the decision, you have the right to appeal it by requesting a hearing. The notice includes a form you can use to request a hearing, and instructions for filing an appeal.
Most administrative decisions become final 20 days after we mail them, so don't wait to file an appeal if you want a hearing. If you don’t file an appeal within 20 days, you will lose your chance to change the decision. If you appeal an administrative decision, keep filing for benefits each week. If you don't claim each week while your appeal is pending, you may not be paid for those weeks if the appeal is decided in your favor.
Hearings are held by phone and are conducted by an independent Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). The ALJ will review your case and make a decision based on the available information. You are welcome to present your evidence to the ALJ. Learn more in the Unemployment Insurance Claimant Handbook.