A determination becomes final unless a written appeal is filed within seven calendar days after delivery or within ten calendar days after the mailing of the determination. An appeal period can be extended if good cause for late filing is shown. Good cause exists in situations where it can be shown that the delay was due to circumstances beyond your control that could not have been reasonably foreseen or prevented.
To file an appeal, you must mail your appeal to:
New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
PO Box 907
Trenton, NJ 08625-0907
Your appeal letter must include your name, Social Security Number, telephone number, and address. In addition, give your reasons for disagreeing with the determination and, if you file late, the reason for the delay. Click here for more information.
An Appeal Tribunal hearing will be scheduled and all interested parties will be notified. The hearing may be conducted in-person or by telephone. If the reason for the appointment is related to your employment, your employer will be notified of the interview and has the right to participate. You may represent yourself or you may be represented at your own expense by an attorney or a non-attorney. If you require additional time to prepare for the interview, you may request a postponement by providing advance notice. You may request that your employer produce any documents which relate to your eligibility for benefits. You may request that statements be taken from your witnesses who have firsthand knowledge of the case. You or your representative will have the opportunity to question your own witness, present documents and provide a closing statement or summary. If the reason for the appointment is related to your employment, any questions that you may have for your former employer may be asked of the agency representative who in turn may, at his/her discretion, pose the questions to your former employer.
A decision will be made on the evidence and sworn testimony presented at the hearing. A postponement may be granted for good cause. The postponement must be requested in advance by contacting the Appeal Tribunal at the number provided on the hearing notice.
While you are waiting for the appeal hearing, continue to claim your weekly unemployment insurance benefits using the Internet at www.njuifile.net or by telephone. This action gives you credit for these weeks pending the results of the hearing. You must also report to your One-Stop office whenever you are scheduled. Failure to do so may result in the loss of benefits, even if you win your appeal.
If the Appeal Tribunal's decision is not in your favor, you have the right to appeal again to the Board of Review.
If the Appeal Tribunal's decision is in your favor, the Division of Unemployment Insurance will issue any payments due. The Appeal Tribunal does NOT issue payments. Once the decision is made by the Appeal Tribunal, the case is closed and no further action is taken by the Appeal Tribunal.
Your former employer also has the right to appeal determinations made on your claim that deal with the reason why you are not working and the amount of your benefits. If your employer appeals and the decision is in favor of the employer, you may be required to repay all or part of the unemployment insurance benefits that have been paid to you.