The Board of Review is an autonomous, quasi-judicial agency created by Rhode Island General Law. Our primary function is to hear and render decisions on appeals arising from the Department of Labor and Training (DLT), Unemployment Insurance and Temporary Disability/Temporary Caregivers Insurance divisions, and from employers on certain contested tax status issues. The Board of Review is statutorily independent from the Department of Labor and Training.
When an individual is separated from employment, DLT makes an initial determination of eligibility for benefits through a fact-finding interview with the employee (claimant) and the employer. An appeal can be made by the claimant when the benefits have been denied, or by the employer when benefits have been awarded to the claimant. Once an appeal is made, the case enters the jurisdiction of the Board of Review and a hearing is scheduled before a hearing officer (Referee). Your right to appeal to the full Board of Review is also discussed on this site. This site offers general information and does not have the force or effect of law or official regulations.
PLEASE NOTE: Interpreters are available for your hearing at NO COST TO YOU. For more information concerning this please contact the Board of Review at (401) 462-9400.
Christopher Fierro, Chairman, representing the Public
Nathaniel J. Rendine, Member, representing Labor
Edward A. Lombardo, Sr., Member, representing Industry