The following is a recorded sample of a typical unemployment insurance
benefits hearing. The majority of unemployment hearings involve
whether the claimant is qualified for benefits, based on his or
her last separation from work.
A hearing has several distinct parts: opening, claimant testimony,
employer testimony, and closing. You can review the recorded sample
in each of its parts, or you can review all of the components for
a broader perspective of how a hearing is conducted. Although this
sample hearing is typical of unemployment insurance hearings, hearing
officers have flexibility in the way they choose to conduct a hearing.
Hearings vary depending on the facts, issues, witnesses, documents,
and other pertinent factors. No two hearings are ever exactly the
To listen to the hearing, you must have a computer with external
speakers or headphones. When you access the file, the system checks
to determine if you need to download Windows Media Player. If your
computer does not have Windows Media Player, the system prompts
you to download the software program. Windows Media Player is a
When you click on the audio file links, the system directs you to a
non-TWC web site called Microsoft Live Meeting. You can access these
files at no cost. If you get an error message, click on OK. Clicking
on OK will take you to the audio recording.
Click the links below to access the text or recorded audio files.