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An Unemployment Compensation or TDI appeals hearing is conducted by an impartial hearing officer (Referee).  The purpose of the hearing is to decide whether unemployment benefits should be granted or denied. Anyone with an interest in the outcome of the hearing is a "party" to the hearing.  Parties to most hearings are the claimant and the employer.

It is the Referee's job to make sure all parties receive a fair hearing.  A fair hearing means an impartial Referee will decide your case after considering the testimony of all witnesses and other evidence.  He/She will make sure you understand the proceeding and have the time you need to present any information relevant to your case.

The hearing will result in a written decision by the Referee that either affirms, modifies, or dismisses the initial decision from the Department of Labor and Training.


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