Few people enjoy being in the midst of a contested unemployment claim, whether it be from the perspective of the employee or the employer. However, experienced legal counsel can help make this a less daunting proposition. As Assistant New Hanover County Attorney, I represented the local government in all of its unemployment appeals for seven years, and I am now in my 5th year with my own practice, assisting employees and employers with these cases. Whether you are an employee who feels you have wrongfully been denied benefits, or an employer who feels that a claim is not compensable, I have the experience to assist you with your unemployment appeal.
If I Am Denied Benefits, How Do I File An Appeal?
An appeal from an initial outcome is heard before an Appeals Referee or a Hearing Officer with the Employment Security Commission, either in person or by telephone. I assist most of my unemployment clients at this stage, and few cases, percentage-wise, are pursued beyond this level. However, the process may involve additional levels of decision making, including the state-level Employment Security Commission…which may remand the case back to the Appeal Referee for additional testimony and reconsideration of the prior decision. If 30 days have passed without the unsuccessful party filing for judicial review in Superior Court, the Commission decision becomes final. I am very familiar with all of these processes and can assist with any or all of them.