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The Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board decides issues of unemployment insurance benefit eligibility and unemployment insurance contribution liability. The Board and its administrative law judges who conduct hearings are independent of the Department of Labor in making these decisions. It is the mission of the Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board and its administrative law judges to afford all parties a full and fair opportunity to be heard and to render decisions that are based on the record and are legally correct. The entire staff of the Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board are dedicated to serving the public. If you would like additional information, please contact us.
Please be advised that the Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board has recently updated the guide titled, “Hearings Before Unemployment Insurance Administrative Law Judges -- Questions and Answers”. The updated guide contains full explanations of a variety of Board policies and procedures, including those relating to default decisions and requests to reopen a case. Notably, and as explained in the updated guide, any party that does not attend an unemployment insurance hearing after receiving notification may only request one reopening within a reasonable time. Any further requests to reopen will be referred to the Appeal Board. Consistent with this change in practice, administrative law judges will no longer grant a second leave to apply to reopen.
Additionally, in an effort to ensure that the parties are able to attend hearings, the updated guide details a procedure through which the party requesting a hearing to re-open can provide the Board with his/her/its unavailability within the next 45 days.
Finally, as set forth in the updated guide, Default Decisions will provide the parties with the determination along with the following information:
Please carefully review the updated policy. For more detail on the Board’s policies and procedures, please visit http://labor.ny.gov/formsdocs/ui/UI_Hearing_Employer.pdf (guide for employers) and http://labor.ny.gov/formsdocs/ui/TC318.3e.pdf (guide for claimants). Please direct any inquiries to the Chief Administrative Law Judge at PO Box 15126, Albany, NY 12212-5126.