FAQs - Appeals

I received a Notice of Determination, DE 1080CZ and I am not eligible for benefits. What do I do now?

You have the right to file an appeal if you do not agree with all or part of our decision. Review the Appeals section on this Web site for more information.

How do I file an appeal?

A claimant who disagrees with a Notice of Determination, DE 1080CZ, and wants to file an appeal must send a letter to EDD at the address shown on the notice. The letter must contain:

  • Name.
  • Address and telephone number.
  • Social security number.
  • The reason for the appeal.

The Department will review the decision. If the decision is correct (according to state law and regulation), we send the appellant a notice that the appeal has been sent to the Office of Appeals. The Office of Appeals will send a hearing notice that:

  • Schedules the hearing.
  • Sends information about the hearing.
  • Advises the claimant where and when to appear for the hearing.

The hearing notice contains important information about the appeals process. An Administrative Law Judge hears the appeal and testimony is taken under oath. After the hearing, the Administrative Law Judge mails a decision to all parties. Contact the Office of Appeals at the telephone number listed on the hearing notice if you have any questions.

You may also access the Employment Development Department Appeal Form, DE 1000M on this Web site if you wish to file an appeal. The appeal form is also included with each disqualification notice that we mail. Mail your completed appeal form to the address on the disqualification notice.

Review the Appeals section on this Website for more information.

Why am I not eligible for benefits? You took money out of my check while I was working.

UI benefits are financed solely from taxes paid by employers. No deductions are taken from an employee's wages for UI benefits. You have the right to file an appeal if you believe you are entitled to benefits. Refer to the Eligibility section on this website for more information.

I live in another state, but have a California UI claim. I received a notice that I am not eligible for benefits. If I file an appeal do I have to come to California to attend a hearing?

No, you do not have to come to California to attend your appeal hearing. Mail your appeal to the EDD address at the top of the notice advising you that you are not eligible for benefits. The Office of Appeals will:

  • Mail you a copy of your claim records.
  • Mail you a notice with the date and time of your hearing.
  • Provide you with a telephone number to call on the hearing date (you will be calling collect so there will be no charge to you).

After the hearing, the Administrative Law Judge mails a decision to all parties. Contact the Office of Appeals at the telephone number listed on the hearing notice if you have any questions.

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