Prior to the hearing, you may wish to prepare notes of the facts involved in your case, such as the dates events took place, to refer to during the hearing. You should ask people who have personal knowledge of your case to appear as your witnesses. Subpoenas may be issued if required. Make sure you have copies of any documents for yourself, the employer and the Referee adjudicating the case.
Although the hearing is not a trial, it is a formal proceeding. Its purpose is to find facts and resolve eligibility issues between an employer and a former employee. Witnesses are sworn in, questioned and crossexamined by the Appeals Referee. Each side presents its version of the facts. The hearing is taperecorded and the recorded testimony is included with documents and other evidence as part of the formal record of your appeal.
After the hearing, a Referee’s Decision will be mailed to all parties involved.
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