When you received a denial of your unemployment benefits claim, you may request a hearing before the administrative judge. There are several reasons why an unemployment benefit claim may be denied. This includes failure to make a request in a timely manner, quitting your job voluntarily, overpayment, making false statements and misconduct. The request for a hearing is usually made within thirty days from the date you receive the determination letter. Your request letter should contain your full name, address, social security number, case number and a statement that you disagree with the determination.

Preparations for the hearing include gathering all the necessary paperwork and evidence in order to support your claim. This includes performance evaluation, pay stubs, phone bills, warning letters and employee handbook. Determine in advances what you have to say in order to prove your case. Ask witnesses to testify for you and consider hiring an employment attorney to help you.

On the day of the hearing, you have to be there early so you will have time to review your file if it is available in the state you belong. Dress appropriately and remain calm and unemotional when presenting your claim. Do not argue with the judge or lawyer when they ask you questions. Stick to the facts and avoid making false statements.

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