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​Benefit Appeals

COVID-19 Update Related to UC Appeal Hearings

April 3, 2020 update:  UC Referee Offices statewide are resuming operations on Monday, April 6th.  Procedures have been adjusted to expedite hearings.  When the hearing is scheduled, all parties will be notified of the date and time of the hearing by mail and/or email with at least 7 days’ notice.   To expedite hearings, the referee office may telephone parties to check availability for a hearing and schedule it with less notice provided the parties are available and agree to the short notice.  

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, all appeal hearings are being conducted with testimony taken from all parties by telephone.  Parties may have their witnesses testify from different telephone numbers.  The documentary evidence used to make the initial determination is mailed or emailed to the parties together with the hearing notice.  Additional evidence may be provided to the referee office via email.

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 no later than 21 calendar days after the determination date provided on the notice of determination.
  2. UC Referee Decision: You may appeal a Referee decision to the Board no later than 21 calendar days after the determination date provided on the notice of determination.
  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.