An appeal is your written notice that you disagree with a DEW decision and want your case decided through the appeal process.
If you were the last person or company for whom an individual worked before applying for unemployment benefits, DEW will mail you a Notice of Application for Unemployment Benefits. You must respond to that notice within 14 days to become an interested party in the claim and preserve your right to appeal a determination.
DEW evaluates each application for unemployment benefits to determine whether the applicant meets all requirements to receive benefits. If you become an interested party to the claim by responding to the Notice of Application for Unemployment Benefits, we will mail you a copy of the determination notice explaining whether the claim will be paid.
If you are not a party of interest, you do not have appeal rights to any decision. If you fail to participate in a scheduled hearing, you cannot request another hearing.
State law gives DEW sole authority in disputed unemployment benefits claims; no other state agency or official can affect the outcome of an appeal. To participate in an appeal you must meet submission deadlines.