File an Appeal
When to Submit an Appeal - You must file your appeal within 15 calendar days of the mailing date on the initial Department decision.
Appeals from the initial Department decisions must be filed by letter, fax or phone to the Central Adjunction Unit of the Department of Labor and Training, 1511 Pontiac Avenue Cranston, RI 02920, phone: (401) 462-8300, fax: (401) 462-8318.
Appeals from a Referee's Decision to the Board of Review must be filed in writing directly with the Board of Review within 15 days of the mailing date in the Referee's decision: Board of Review Center General Complex 41 West Road, Hazard Bldg., 1st Floor Cranston, RI 02920 Phone: (401) 462-9400 Fax: (401) 462-9401, email DLT.BORinfo@dlt.ri.gov.
Unemployment Compensation appeal hearings are called "de novo", which is latin for "from the beginning". This means your hearing will be impartial and independent of the initial decision that granted or denied your benefits. The Referee who conducts the hearing is not bound by the initial decision rendered by the Department.
Your Scheduled Hearing - You will receive a Notice of Referee Hearing, stating when, where and what the issues are to be discussed when the appeal hearing takes place. Your hearing may be held by telephone.
Carefully note the DATE, TIME, and LOCATION of the hearing. You must make every effort to attend the hearing. Only if you have a very important commitment that absolutely cannot be changed should you request a postponement. Generally, hearings will not be postponed for personal reasons, vacations, plant closing or business appointments.
Your heaing may be a telephone hearing. If it is a telephone hearing, you will receive a copy of all documents in your file.