How to properly handle your unemployment hearing

So you applied for unemployment benefits, but you were initially denied. Now you have to appeal and go to a hearing in order to win your benefits. There are some basic things that a claimant will need to do in order to preserve their right to a hearing and have a chance to win at the hearing. Below is a list of tips that any claimant should heed in order to come to their hearing prepared and to secure a chance at victory.

Respond promptly to the Unemployment Center’s notices

Nearly every notice that you receive from the Unemployment Center will have a deadline on it that you must respond by. These dates are extremely important. If you allow these dates to elapse you may lose your right to appeal or make it even more difficult to win at your hearing. The Unemployment Center often allows for responses via letter, email or fax. Even if your reply is brief, make sure to reply before the deadlines hit, or else you may be out of luck.

Show up to the hearing

Showing up is half the battle and this is especially true for unemployment hearings. It is not uncommon for an employer not to arrive at the hearing. If one party shows up and the other one does not the hearing referee is going to be inclined to find in favor of the party who actually came to the hearing. Give yourself a chance and show up to the hearing.

Get an attorney

Again, showing up is half the battle and showing up with an attorney is 2/3 of the battle. If you show up with an attorney and the other side does not have one, you are suddenly at a distinct advantage. But if you are aware that they are arriving with an attorney, be sure to get one of your own, or else that lawyer may have the ability to steamroll you at the hearing.

Be prepared

Read the reasons given for your denial, prepare a counter argument and bring all possible evidence to the hearing. This includes all relevant documents, copies of emails, text messages, or whatever you believe will be helpful to your case. Taking a few hours to take these steps could be the difference between winning or losing.