Preparing for Unemployment Claims II

After submitting the request for job-separation information, what comes next?

After turning in the Request for Job-Separation Information document to the Colorado Department of Labor, you will soon receive a notice of decision document.

The notice of Decision states whether the claimant is entitled to benefits. In the upper right hand corner- the document will state whether the employer is chargeable or nonchargeable. If the employer is Chargeable, it means the Colorado Department of Labor deputy finds that the claimant is not responsible for the separation and entitled to collect benefits. If the employer is found nonchargeable, the deputy has determined that the claimant is responsible for the separation and not entitled to collect benefits.

If you, the employer, is found Chargeable for unemployment benefits and disagree with this decision, you have the right to appeal the decision. On the back of the document, is an explanation of Appeal Rights. The document states that the notice of Decision is final unless a written appeal is received no later than 20 calendar days from the date when the decision was mailed (you can find that date on the front side of the document in the upper right hand corner). The document also asks for further information regarding the employee-employer information, including the claimant’s Social Security number, if the employer will be represented at the hearing by a lawyer, union-business agent, etc. You will also need to specify that it is the employer who is filing the appeal and write why you disagree with decision. Be as specific as you can.

The most important thing to keep in mind is the due date of the appeal. It is 20 calendar days, not business days, from when the decision was mailed, not from when you receive it.