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ULP representation can be beneficial during such a turbulent time. The administrative hearing is your only chance to create a legal record regarding your unemployment benefits.

Having a ULP representative helps to ensure that a good record is created. The ULP representative will provide focus and direction during the hearing and ensure that your voice is heard. Also, having a seasoned representative beside you can be invaluable in accessing and navigating the legal system in a time of stress and need.

 

Steps to Request Representation

To request representation for a hearing, please click on the link that best describes your situation:

I was denied unemployment benefits.

If you have been denied benefits, you must start by filing an appeal with the state Employment Security Department (ESD) before you contact us. This must be mailed or faxed to the TeleCenter within 30 days from the day of your denial. Simply write “I disagree with the decision, and would like a hearing.” There is no need to explain the reasons why you disagree as that will be discussed in the hearing. If your appeal is late, explain why. But being sure to get the appeal filed within 30 days will make the process much easier.

Send the appeal to the TeleCenter by fax or mail to the fax number or address listed on the first page of the determination.

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I was denied benefits and I have filed an appeal.

If you already have a hearing date, click here.

If you have filed your appeal, your case will be sent to the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH).  This is the office that will hold your hearing by phone.   Contact them and request that they send your file to the Unemployment Law Project.  The OAH’s phone number should be 1-800-366-0955. The OAH offices have all of our contact information and will send us your file as soon as they are able.

Contact us a few days later to see if we have received your file. If we have, we will set up a telephone intake interview to talk with you about your case.

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I am receiving benefits, but my employer is appealing.

If you already have a hearing date, click here.

If you think or know that your employer has filed an appeal, you can call the

the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH).  This is the office that will hold your hearing by phone.   Contact them and request that they send your file to the Unemployment Law Project.  The OAH’s phone number should be 1-800-366-0955. The OAH offices have all of our contact information and will send us your file as soon as they are able.

Contact us a few days later to see if we have received your file. If we have, we will set up a telephone intake interview to talk with you about your case.

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I have a hearing date.

If you already have a hearing date, look at the top of the page of the “Notice of Hearing.” You will see the address and phone number for the Office of Administrative Hearings. Immediately call that number and request that they send your file to the Unemployment Law Project. The Offices of Administrative Hearings has all of our contact information and will send your file as soon as they are able.

Call us the following day after you make this request to see if we have received your file. If we have, we will set up an intake interview to talk with you about your case.

If you have a hearing date within 24 hours of contacting us, we may not be able to represent you, but we will work with you to set up an appointment for you to speak with on of our representatives through our helpline.

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I have been informed that you cannot represent me.

Because we have limited staff and resources, we are not able to represent everyone who requests our assistance. If we notify you that we cannot help you at your hearing, you can either hire a private attorney or represent yourself. Unemployment hearings are informal enough that you can represent yourself. Indeed, in over 90% of hearings, individuals do represent themselves.

If you choose to represent yourself, the ULP has a telephone helpline where we give information and advice to those who are navigating the system on their own. Call us: we can answer questions and give advice on the hearing process, how to present your case, how to handle evidence and witnesses, overpayments, appeal rights and issues and other related topics. The helpline is open during regular business hours. Call (206) 441-9178  extension 0 or toll-free 1(888) 441-9178 extension 0 to request an appointment.

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If you have more questions or if you decide to represent yourself, click here for more information: FAQs.

If you are planning to or are already representing yourself, we have some “self-help material” about many of the stages of the process that may be of assistance to you. Click here: Self-Help Materials.

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None of these situations apply to me.

If none of these options apply to you, you can give us a call at (206) 441-9178 extension 0 or toll-free 1(888) 441-9178 extension 0.

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