You are scheduled to participate in an Unemployment Insurance appeal hearing on the date and time listed in the Notice of Hearing included in this mailing. The purpose of the hearing is for the judge to take sworn testimony and other evidence on the issues involved to make a decision. Some hearings only involve you and some include others.
The unemployment law judge in charge of the hearing will call you at the phone number listed on the Notice of Hearing. If the phone number we have listed for you is not correct, call the Appeals Office at the number listed below or see the reverse side for instructions to log in to your online account.
To reschedule your hearing, call the Appeals Office.
If you do not answer when the judge calls you, the judge will either dismiss your appeal or make a decision based on the information we have, including testimony from others who participated in the hearing. If you do not receive a phone call from the judge within 10 minutes of the start time, call the Appeals Office. If the hearing is dismissed, it will not be rescheduled unless you had ‘good cause’ for not participating. ‘Good cause’ is a reason that would prevent a reasonable person acting with due diligence from participating.
The hearing will be recorded and is private. During the hearing, the judge will receive evidence, ask questions, allow parties to question witnesses, and rule on objections. Parties may give closing statements.
It may help your case to submit evidence that supports your testimony, for example: written policies, warnings, medical statements, contracts, time or pay records.
A subpoena is an order that requires someone to testify in a hearing and/or submit evidence for the hearing. You may request a subpoena before or during the hearing. To request a subpoena during the hearing, tell the judge who or what you want subpoenaed.
To request a subpoena before the hearing:
The unemployment law judge in charge of the hearing will review the request. If a subpoena is granted before the hearing, you will receive a copy of it marked as an exhibit. If it is not, you can ask the judge at the start of the hearing to review the request again.
You must update your contact, witness, and attorney/representative information before the hearing. Any time before the day of the hearing, you can go online and follow the prompts listed below. On the day of the hearing, call the Appeals Office at 651-296-3745 or TTY -for the hearing impaired: 1-866-814-1252.
Instructions for applicants
Instructions for employers
The judge will make a decision based on the evidence that was more convincing and had a greater probability of truth than the opposing evidence (a preponderance of the evidence). We will mail the decision to both parties.
Call the Appeals Office and we will provide one free of charge. You cannot have a family member or friend be your interpreter at the hearing.
Call the Appeals Office.
Only the appealing party can stop the appeal process at any time before the judge mails the decision by going online or calling the Appeals Office.
The best witnesses have firsthand knowledge of the situation. If someone will not agree to participate, you can ask the judge for a subpoena.
No, however, if you choose to hire an attorney or have someone represent you, you must provide their contact information.