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Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: January 6, 2021 12:13 PM
From: Representative R. Lee James
To: All House members
Subject: Lengthening Time Periods for Unemployment Compensation Appeals (Former HB 280)
I am preparing to re-introduce legislation that would increase the periods of time allotted for parties to appeal the determination of an Unemployment Compensation (UC) Service Center and the decision of a UC referee. This is a reintroduction of HB 280, which passed the House unanimously in the 2019-20 session.

With the downsizing of Joy Global, Inc., a major employer in my district, a number of my constituents found themselves unemployed. In some of these cases, where benefits were denied, newly unemployed workers found themselves unable to appeal, because they did not file an appeal within the 15-day period allotted in our statute. My legislation would simply increase the appeal periods to 21 days.

It is important to note that the lengths of time provided to file for appeals in UC cases apply to both claimants and employers, so this legislation would not create an unfair advantage for either party in a disputed UC case.

Under current law, a party has:

15 days to appeal a determination of a UC Service Center to a UC referee.
15 days to appeal a referee’s decision to the UC Board of Review

Again, my bill would simply make a neutral change to increase the appeal periods to 21 days.

I hope you will join me in cosponsoring this legislation.

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Introduced as HB178