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​Benefit Appeals

General Information

Under Article V of the Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation Law, the Department of Labor & Industry must examine promptly each application for benefits and determine whether the application is valid. In order to ensure that every individual is given an opportunity for a fair hearing, the law also provides for an appeal process to allow interested parties to object to an unemployment compensation determination or decision.


Whether you are the claimant or the employer, you may file your own appeal to a UC Referee or the UC Board of Review (Board) and represent yourself before the Referee or the Board, or you may have an attorney or any other advocate represent you. If you are a claimant and you qualify, free legal assistance may be available from the legal services organization serving your area, your local bar association or a law school clinic.

There are three levels of UC benefits eligibility appeals:

  1. UC Service Center Determination: You may appeal a UC Service Center determination to a Referee within 15 days of the mailing date of the determination.
  2. UC Referee Decision: You may appeal a Referee decision to the Board within 15 days of the mailing date of the Referee decision.
  3. UC Board of Review Decision: You may appeal a UC Board of Review decision to the Commonwealth Court within 30 days of the mailing date of the Board decision.

The information provided on this site does not constitute a determination of eligibility to receive unemployment compensation.