Claimants and Employers have the same right to appeal an unemployment decision to grant or deny unemployment benefits under federal and state law. Our goal is that all appeals conclude with the parties feeling they had a fair opportunity to present their case.
To process your appeal you will need the Deputy's Decision and the following information:
Deputy's Decision Number
Claimant's Social Security Number
Benefit Year Ending (BYE)
You must provide this information during the appeal or the appeal cannot be filed. For a timely appeal, you must file the appeal within 15 calendar days of the MAILING date of the Deputy's Decision. If you are unemployed, continue to file your Weekly Certification.
In the event that you are unclear whether your appeal was filed correctly, please call the Division of Administrative Hearings at (207) 621-5001 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about tax determinations call the Employer Services Division at (207) 621-5120 or 844-754-3508.
You must make every effort to attend the hearing:
If you do not appear and you are the appealing party, your appeal will be dismissed.
If you do not appear and you are the non-appealing party, the hearing will continue without you.
If you have a very serious conflict and cannot attend the hearing, let us know immediately at (207) 621-5001 or by email email@example.com
Be prepared to present your case thoroughly.
The Administrative Hearing Officer and all parties receive a hearing packet, including a copy of the Deputy’s Decision and all of the documents in your file.
If you have additional documents you would like the Hearing Officer to consider, you should submit them to the Division of Administrative Hearings prior to the hearing at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If there are witnesses with firsthand knowledge of the circumstances surrounding your case, make sure they will be available to attend your hearing to present their information.
If you ask someone to appear as a witness and they refuse, you may request that they be subpoenaed. This means they will be required by law to appear.
Please notify us in advance if you need services that will assist you in presenting the facts at your hearing. These may include, but are not limited to, accommodations for people with disabilities, foreign language interpreters for people whose first language is not English, or sign language interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. We will make the necessary arrangements for your hearing.
If you do not agree with the Administrative Hearing Officer’s decision, you may appeal that decision to the Unemployment Insurance Commission in writing within15 days of the MAILING date. Send to:
Unemployment Insurance Commission
57 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0057
The Commission does not hold hearings except on rare occasion. The Commission may affirm, modify or set aside the decision of the Administrative Hearing Officer based on the evidence already presented at the hearing before that Hearing Officer.
Questions regarding how the appeals decision affects your benefits should be directed to the Benefits Division at
Request for Commission Hearing for Income Tax Refund Offset: Used to request a commission hearing when an Income Tax Refund is being offset.
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Overpayment Waiver Information: Information on how to request a waiver of an unemployment benefit overpayment through the Unemployment Insurance Commission.
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