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
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.