Unemployment appeals

The Massachusetts Unemployment Insurance Law grants employee the right to appeal some determinations made by DUA. In order to be submitted timely, an appeal must be postmarked within ten days from the date the disputed determination is mailed to the Employee. A hearing will be scheduled before an impartial hearing officer assigned by the DUA Hearings Department.

 Appeal determinations are decided based on whether there is substantial and credible evidence to show that the claimant left work voluntarily with good cause attributable to the employer or its agent, or involuntarily for urgent, compelling and necessitous reasons, or by discharge for deliberate misconduct in willful disregard to the employing unit’s interest, or for knowing violation of a reasonable and uniformly enforced policy or rule, unless the violation was the result of the employee’s incompetence.

Employment attorneys at Ellis & Shafran have extensive experience with unemployment issues. Depending on the circumstances of your case, we can provide legal advice and representation for you on the date of your hearing for a small flat rate.


Please contact Elllis & Shafran to discuss the best course of action to take in your unemployment appeal.