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. They can 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 employer’s witnesses and any witnesses you bring.
- Bring a pen and paper to the hearing in case you want to make notes.
- Plan to 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.
What will happen at the hearing?
The hearing will be recorded. The referee will
- explain the appeal hearing process;
- look at the documents that were submitted to the fact finder;
- 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.)
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 don’t 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 the file and the hearing. 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.