You can appeal. You will have a new hearing with a referee. A referee is an attorney who will listen to testimony and look at documents in your case. An appeal is your chance to give new information that you did not give at your first hearing.
How do I appeal?
You have 21 days after the date of the fact finder’s written decision to file your appeal.
- File by mail, fax, or online at www.ctdol.state.ct.us/appeals/apfrmnt.htm.
- Fill out an appeal form. You can get a blank form at an American Job Center or an Appeals Division office.
- Write a letter. Include your name, address, social security number, date of the fact finder’s decision, and the reason you think the decision is wrong.
Important: Keep a copy of your appeal for your records, and continue filing your claims every week during your appeal process. If you win, you will only get money for the weeks you filed a claim.
What will happen after I file my appeal?
The Appeals Division will mail you a notice within 30 days with
- the date, time, and place of your next hearing; and
- the issue(s) the referee will ask about.
Contact the Appeals Division right away if you
- do not get a notice within 30 days,
- want to change the hearing date, or
- need an interpreter at your hearing.
Will the appeal hearing be like the first hearing?
No. The appeal hearing is more formal. It will be recorded. The referee will
- explain the appeal hearing process;
- review the documents from the first hearing;
- ask you, your boss, and any witnesses to swear to tell the truth before asking questions; and
- ask if you want to say anything else. You won’t get another chance to add more information later.
Get ready for your appeal hearing
Things to do before your hearing:
- Watch this free video. It explains what will happen at your hearing. You can watch it at the American Job Center or online at https://youtu.be/VDTSuktRnpM. You can also ask for a copy that you can watch at home by following this link: http://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/appeals/video.htm.
- Call Statewide Legal Services at 1-800-453-3320.We will explain your rights and tell you what to expect at your hearing.
- Organize the documents and other evidence that support your case. Make notes about
- what you want to say to prove your case, and
- the questions you want to ask the witnesses.
- Bring a pen and paper to the hearing in case you want to make notes.
- Arrive at least 15 minutes early with your witnesses. Ask to see your file and look at all of the papers in it before your hearing. Call the phone number on your hearing notice if you are going to be late.
During the hearing:
- Stay calm, be polite, and do not interrupt.
- Do not speak until the referee says it is your turn.
- Tell the referee if you do not understand something.
- Be honest, but don’t give information that you were not asked about.
After your hearing:
The referee will make a decision based on information from both hearings. The referee will mail you the decision in about two to four weeks.
If you lose, you will not be able to get unemployment until you get another job and earn enough money to be eligible. This normally takes about 5 weeks.
If you lose, you can appeal to the Board of Review. File your appeal in person, by mail, or by fax. The Board will ask you to send in a statement about why you think you should get unemployment benefits.
Tips for your written statement:
- Read the referee’s decision carefully.
- Explain any mistakes in the decision, the Findings of Fact, or anything else you disagree with.
- Send in any written information you couldn’t get before the hearing, along with an explanation of why you didn’t have it for the hearing. For example, a medical issue caused you to be fired but you couldn’t get your doctor to write a note about your condition until after the hearing.
The Board will read your statement and the information from your hearings and make a decision. It could take up to six months for the Board to make a decision. You will probably not have another hearing.
- You only have 21 days from when the Referee decision was mailed to get your appeal to the Board!
- Keep filing your claim every week.