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Your Appeal Rights

What If You Disagree With A Benefit Decision?

You may appeal if you receive a decision that denies benefits, but you think you should be eligible, or you receive a decision that grants benefits, but you think that you should be eligible for more benefits.

UC Service Center Determination: You may appeal a UC service center determination no later than 21 calendar days after the determination date provided on the notice of determination. Follow the appeal instructions that accompany the determination. An appeal may be filed by mail (using either an appeal form or a letter) to the address appearing on the Service Center determination. The Service Center determination also lists a fax number for filing appeals. Additionally, appeals of a UC Service Center determination may be filed by log¬ging into the PA UC online system and accessing appeals from your dashboard.

Your appeal will result in a hearing before a referee, usually within 30 days after you file your appeal. Approximately seven to ten days before the hearing date, the referee's office will mail you a hearing notice with the date and time of your hearing and other instructions. The referee will decide based on the testimony and evidence presented at the hearing. You should present all your evidence at that hearing because it is your only opportunity to do so. You should receive a decision from the referee within two weeks of the hearing date. If you do not receive a decision within three weeks of the hearing date, contact the referee's office. If you receive a decision from a referee in your favor, and you do not receive payment within four weeks, contact the UC service center.

Referee Decision: You may appeal a referee decision to the UC Board of Review no later than 21 calendar days after the determination date provided on the referee notice. An appeal may be filed by mail (using either an appeal form or a letter) to the address appearing on the Referee decision. The Referee decision also lists a fax number for filing appeals. Ad¬ditionally, appeals of a UC Referee decision may be filed logging into the PA UC online system and accessing appeals from your dashboard. The UC Board of Review will make a decision based upon the evidence that was presented at the hearing before the Referee.

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. Follow the appeal instructions that accompany the Board decision.

Please see the Benefit Appeals page for more information on appeals.

REMEMBER! If you remain partially or totally unemployed while an appeal concerning your eligibility is pending, continue to file your weekly claims for benefits. If the appeal is decided in your favor, only benefits for the weeks you claimed will be paid to you.


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