A Guide to Your Rights
& Responsibilities When Claiming Unemployment Benefits in Connecticut
Whenever a claim is denied, a written
decision is sent to you. The reason for, and period of, ineligibility will be
explained. Your decision will also give you information concerning your
appeal rights. You have twenty-one (21) calendar days from the mailing date
of the notification in which to file an appeal.
You may file an appeal by:
Mailing or faxing your appeal to the
Career Center. Your appeal will be timely if it is received within 21
days of the decision denying benefits or if mailed, it bears a legible
United States postmark dated within such 21-day period.
Using the Internet at:
www.ctdol.state.ct.us/appeals/apfrmnt.htm within this 21-day
Reporting in person to your
Career Center as soon as possible. A member of the local staff will
assist you in preparing your appeal, and if you wish, provide guidance
in how to use various reference materials.
While waiting for the referee's decision, you
should continue to file claims as scheduled so long as you are unemployed.
Your Social Security number should be
included on all correspondence. If your appeal is late, the Appeals Referee
cannot legally hear your case unless you show good cause for filing the appeal
Once your appeal is filed or an employer
files an appeal from the award of benefits, the Appeals Division will send you
"A Claimant's Guide to the Appeals Process." This pamphlet tells you
everything you need to know about how to prepare for an appeal. Read it
Appeals Division is an independent body
and controls all phases of appeals processing. If there is any change in your
status which might affect your eligibility for benefits, you should contact
the TeleBenefits Line to determine whether your claim can be reopened.
The referee holds an informal hearing to
which all interested parties are invited. Again, you may bring documents or
witnesses and be represented. You will receive a written decision from the
referee. That decision may be appealed to the Board of Review by the
claimant, the employer or the Administrator, within twenty-one (21) days of
its mailing date. It is very important to attend all hearings and to
present all pertinent information. Requests for postponement should be made
to the office that issued the notice of hearing and will be granted only for
Instructions for filing such appeals appear
following the referee's decision. You should clearly identify the appeal as
"Appeal to the Board of Review."
Do not delay your appeal!
If an appeal to the Board of Review is filed,
the Board will acknowledge your appeal and provide an opportunity for you to
submit a written statement in support of your case. It is important that you
tell the Board every reason why you think the referee's decision was wrong. The
Board will then review all the material in the case file and listen to the tape
recording of the hearing before the referee. A decision will be issued which
will affirm (agree with), reverse, or modify the referee's decision. If the
Board feels that further information is needed, the case may be remanded (sent
back) to the referee for a new hearing.
The Board's decision may be appealed within
thirty (30) days by an interested party. Instructions for filing such appeals
are contained in the Board's decision and must be followed carefully since such
appeals are heard by the Superior Court.
It is extremely important
that your appeal be received or postmarked within the time limit allowed by
law. Failure to do so will result in dismissal of the appeal and the decision
will stand unless you can show good cause for filing late. If the last day for
appeal falls on a day when CTDOL offices are closed, the appeal period is
extended to the next business day.
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