How to Appeal if Your Unemployment Claim is Denied in Oklahoma

Can I Appeal a Denial of Unemployment Benefits in Oklahoma?

Find out how to appeal if your unemployment benefits claim is denied by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.
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Last Reviewed: Sun, Dec 13, 2020

If the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission denies you unemployment insurance benefits, you can appeal. After you file your initial claim for unemployment benefits, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission will send you a written determination of your eligibility for benefits and, if it finds you eligible, how much you will receive in benefits. But, if the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission finds that you are not eligible for benefits or grants you benefits in a lower amount than you believe you are entitled to, you can appeal that decision. And, if the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission finds you eligible to receive benefits, your ex-employer can appeal that decision.

If you want to appeal the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission decision, check the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission website and handbook for:

  • Any forms and instructions for filing your appeal
  • The deadline for filing your appeal
  • What to do if you are filing late
  • Where and how to file your appeal
  • How long the appeal process takes
  • What happens to your benefits while you wait for a decision on your appeal, and
  • A link to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission Board of Review that will review your appeal.

What You Should Include in Your Appeal

Your state may have a form that you can fill out to file your appeal. Check the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission website and handbook for any forms and instructions for filing your appeal. Be sure to include your social security number, the reason you are appealing the decision, and any claimant identification number referenced in the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission decision in your appeal. 

How and When to File an Appeal of Denial of Benefits in Oklahoma

You can appeal a decision by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission by sending a written appeal by mail to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission Board of Review. (You can find the address at the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission website.) Any appeal must be postmarked within 10 calendar days of the mailing date of the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission decision. 

What If You File Your Appeal Late?

Many states accept late-filed appeals if you can show good cause justifying the late filing. A deadline to appeal within a specified number of “calendar days” means counting every day on the calendar, including weekends and holidays. If the deadline to file your appeal falls on a weekend day or holiday, the deadline is extended to the next business day (Monday through Friday, excluding holidays).

What Happens After You File Your Appeal?

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission Board of Review will contact your ex-employer and give them a chance to submit a response to the appeal. Then the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission Board of Review will review the appeal and set a hearing. You and your ex-employer can present evidence to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission Board of Review at or before the hearing. Examples of evidence you may want to submit include documents showing your rate of pay, and documents or witness statements supporting your eligibility (such as evidence that the employer fired you for reasons other than misconduct). After the hearing, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission Board of Review will notify you and your ex-employer of its decision. If you disagree with that decision, you can appeal that decision, too. The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission website has information on how to file this second-round appeal.

Claim Your Weekly Benefits During the Appeal

You should claim your weekly benefits while you are appealing the decision and for as long as you remain unemployed, even if the decision found you ineligible for any benefits. That way, if you win the appeal, you can receive retroactive benefits. For information about weekly benefit certification, see What Do I Have to Do to Keep Receiving Benefits? 

 

 

Jurisdictional relevance: There are versions of this article for each State.
Selected State: Oklahoma
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