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To File Your Appeal

Either the employer or the claimant may appeal a Determination of Eligibility if the Determination of Eligibility is not in their favor.  This is done by requesting a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge.

Indiana state law requires that in order to file an appeal for a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge you must do the following within 10 days from the “sent” date on the Determination of Eligibility

  1. Legibly write or type the reasons why you disagree with the Determination of Eligibility.
  2. Sign your name and indicate whether you are the claimant or the employer.
  3. Be sure to include your mailing address and telephone number on all correspondence that you send. Claimants must also include the last four numbers of your social security number.
  4. Include a copy of the Determination of Eligibility that you are appealing.
  5. File the appeal within ten (10) days from the date your "Determination of Eligibility" was sent by one of these methods:
    • Mail the appeal to 10 North Senate Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204; 
    • Fax the appeal to (317) 233-6888;
    • Deliver the appeal in person to the Department at 10 N. Senate; Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Tell the Indiana Department of Workforce Development representative that you want to file an appeal.

NOTE: Please keep documentation of the date you sent in your appeal (example: fax confirmation sheet). 

Preparing For Your Appeals Hearing

The Appeals Division will not be able to provide information on your case until at least 7 days after you have filed your appeal.

Hearings generally occur within 8-10 weeks of the date you file your appeal. You will receive a Notice of Hearing at least 10 days before the date of your hearing that will have important instructions for you.

You have the right to be represented by an attorney at the hearing, but it is not required.

You must do these things prior to your hearing:

  • Return the second page of the Notice of Hearing (also known as the “Acknowledgement Sheet”) indicating that you wish to participate in the hearing, and provide a telephone contact number. 
    • You can deliver the Acknowledgment Sheet by mail, fax or in person, and 
    • It must be received at least 24 hours before the hearing.  
    • NOTE: It is critical that you return this Acknowledgment Sheet as most hearings are scheduled as telephone hearings where the Administrative Law Judge calls both parties. The telephone number on your initial notice of appeal is not sufficient to guarantee that you will be called. You may call the judge’s clerk 24 hours before the hearing to confirm your telephone number. If you leave a message, include your telephone number with area code, the judge’s name, your name, and case number.
  • Prepare for the hearing by knowing the issue(s) of your case, having only witnesses who have personal knowledge of the issues testify, and providing copies of any documents that may help explain your side of the case. 
  • For telephone hearings, you will need to mail, deliver, or fax your documents to the Administrative Law Judge and the other parties listed on the notice of hearing prior to the hearing. 
  • Be ready for the hearing on the day and time identified in your Notice of Hearing.
    • NOTE: If you cannot attend a scheduled hearing, you may request a continuance. 
    • You must notify the Administrative Law Judge by fax or letter at least three (3) days before the scheduled hearing and state a good reason for your request. You must also send a copy of your request to the other party (and put in your request that you have sent a copy to the other party). 
    • You will receive a notice on whether the continuance is granted or denied. Continuances are granted solely at the discretion of the Administrative Law Judge. If you do not receive confirmation that the continuance has been granted, you should plan to attend the hearing as originally scheduled.

The Appeals Hearing

The Administrative Law Judge will follow general rules of trial procedure and evidence. However, the claimant and employer are not required to have an attorney. Because of this, the Administrative Law Judge will assist both parties in understanding the process and procedure. The Administrative Law Judge will also answer any questions you have about the process or procedures before or during the hearing.

If you filed the appeal, you must attend the hearing or your appeal will be dismissed.

If your case is being heard by telephone, this means that you must be available for the telephone call when the Administrative Law Judge tries to contact you. The Administrative Law Judge will make at least one attempt to reach you. Here are helpful tips for the telephone hearing:

  • Administrative Law Judge calls generally show on caller ID as “Blocked” or “Number Unavailable.”
  • If you have Privacy Manager or some other call screening system, please be sure that it is disabled prior to the hearing. 
  • Ensure that your telephone is sufficiently charged, has an audible ringer, and is otherwise operational prior to the time of the hearing. 
  • Although the Appeals Division makes every effort to be timely in starting hearings, it is possible that the Administrative Law Judge has been delayed by a prior hearing.

All hearings are digitally recorded. The Administrative Law Judge will review all of the evidence presented at the hearing and will issue a decision. The decision will be sent to each party, generally within ten (10) business days of the date of the hearing.

What if I am not satisfied with the Administrative Law Judge Decision?

The Administrative Law Judge’s decision will become final unless you appeal the decision to the Review Board within fifteen (15) calendar days after the date the decision was sent.  You must do all of the following:

  1. Legibly write or type why you are appealing to the Review Board.
  2. Sign your name and indicate whether you are the claimant or the employer.
  3. Be sure to include the case number, your mailing address and your telephone number on all correspondence that you send. Claimants must also include the last four numbers of your social security number.
  4. If you have additional information or documents that were not available at the time of the Administrative Law Judge hearing, please include the information or documents with your appeal and provide an explanation for why you did not give the information or documents to the Administrative Law Judge.
  5. File the appeal within 15 days from the date the Administrative Law Judge decision was sent by one of these methods:
    • Mail the appeal to ATTN: Review Board, 10 North Senate Avenue SE001, Indianapolis, IN 46204,
    • Fax the appeal to (317) 233-3348
    • Deliver the appeal in person to the Department at 100 N. Senate Ave, Suite N802, Indianapolis, IN 46204, N802. 
      NOTE: Please keep documentation of the date you sent in your appeal (example: fax confirmation sheet). 

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