When you filed for unemployment benefit and you received a notice of disqualification to your claim, you have the right to file for an appeal and request for a hearing. Filing for an appeal should be done within thirty days from the date of determination. Nevertheless, it is best to file for an appeal immediately. On the other hand, if the determination is in your favor, the employer may also file for an appeal and seek hearing.

You may be called to represent yourself and your claims during the hearing and appear before an appeals referee. Keep in mind that the hearing is the same as a trial. If you are representing yourself, you are acting as your own lawyer and have the responsibilities and rights as a lawyer. Before the hearing schedule, you should contact the appeals referee and inform him or her that you will be representing yourself. You could ask for information regarding hearing procedures as well as other information you have to know.

It is necessary to be familiar with the issues and the claims of the other party. You should submit documents and other evidence to the Division hearing officer and your employer before the hearing. It is your right to review the file before the hearing schedule. The file should have information about the employer’s claim and give you the opportunity to prepare your argument.

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