Many people ask how to appeal for unemployment. Appealing for unemployment is different in each state.
In Minnesota, there are three ways for an applicant or an employer to file an appeal for unemployment: online, mail, and fax. Because of the severity of a negative outcome, please treat this element of the process with respect.
An appeal for unemployment appeal should be viewed as a complicated legal procedure that requires specific language that clearly states an appeal for unemployment benefits is being filed and who is filing the appeal.
Filing an unemployment appeal by fax or by mail has its advantages because you have more control. That being said, control can lead to errors preventing an appeal from being filed prior to the required deadline.
Filing an unemployment appeal online has its advantages because you receive immediate notification. However, you are limited as to the specific dates and times for the actual appeal. Being limited to a specific date and time is a disadvantage because time is critical and an appeal triggers other ancillary deadlines.
For example, triggering an unemployment appeal may reduce time needed by a medical professional (doctor, psychologist, etc.) from proving a medical opinion critical to an applicant’s case. Also, triggering an unemployment appeal may reduce the likelihood that an employer will provide employment records prior to the hearing date. Also, Applicants have a tendency to make statements which negates their credibility at the time of the unemployment hearing.
Filing for unemployment benefits shall be filed prior to a statutory deadline called a statute of limitations. The statute of limitations is a calculation of dates that is strictly enforced by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (“DEED”).
If you file an appeal for unemployment benefits after the deadline, your appeal for unemployment benefits will be denied. If your appeal for unemployment benefits is approved, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development will schedule an evidentiary hearing in front of an unemployment law judge (ULJ).
Under Minnesota law, DEED must send, by mail or electronic transmission, a notice of appeal to all involved parties that an appeal has been filed, and that a de novo due process evidentiary hearing will be scheduled.
The notice must set out the parties’ rights and responsibilities regarding the hearing. The notice will outline the applicant’s and the employer’s rights and responsibilities regarding the unemployment hearing.