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You have the right to appeal a decision only if you have established yourself as an interested party.
If you were the last person or company for whom a claimant worked before applying for unemployment benefits, TWC will mail you a Notice of Application for Unemployment Benefits. You must respond to that notice within 14 days to become an interested party in the claim and preserve your right to appeal a determination. For more information, see the Introduction to Unemployment Benefits Appeals for Employers. To respond online, use Unemployment Benefits Employer Response to Notice of Application.
Instructions on this page apply only for an employer who is an interested party on the claim.
These instructions are for the first step in the appeals process, which is an appeal to the Appeal Tribunal. The first step is to appeal in writing to TWC.
You must appeal in writing within 14 calendar days from the date that we mail you the Determination Notice. The date mailed is located on the top of the Determination Notice form, and the last day you can file an appeal is at the bottom of the form. If the fourteenth day falls on a federal or state holiday, you have until the next business day to file your appeal.
You can submit your written appeal online, in person at your Workforce Solutions office, or by mailing or faxing your appeal letter to the Appeals Department at the address or fax number on your Determination Notice. You cannot submit an appeal by email or over the telephone. If you choose to fax the information, keep the paperwork that indicates successful transmission of your appeal.
Include in your letter or appeal form:
Keep a copy of your appeal for your records.
Inform us as early as possible if you need accommodations for the appeal hearing in any of the following areas:
It may take six to eight weeks to receive a hearing information packet with information about your appeal. TWC will mail you the packet five to 10 days before your hearing.
The hearing information packet includes:
If you disagree with the Appeal Tribunal decision, you can appeal it in writing to the Commission.
You must appeal in writing within 14 calendar days from the date TWC mailed you the Appeal Tribunal decision. The appeal deadline is printed on the coversheet of your appeal decision.
You can submit your written appeal online, in person at your Workforce Solutions office, or by mailing or faxing your appeal letter to Commission Appeals at the address or fax number in the instructions included with your Appeal Tribunal decision. You cannot file an appeal by email or over the telephone. If you choose to fax the information, keep the paperwork that indicates successful transmission of your appeal.
You may request a rehearing within 14 days of the date TWC mailed you the Commission decision. TWC will grant the Motion for Rehearing only if you can show these three things:
You can submit your written Motion for Rehearing online, in person at your Workforce Solutions office, or by mailing or faxing your letter to Commission Appeals at the address or fax number in the instructions included with your Commission decision. You cannot file a Motion for Rehearing by email or telephone. If you choose to fax the information, keep the paperwork that indicates successful transmission of your Motion for Rehearing.
You may appeal to a civil court between 15 and 28 days after the date TWC mailed you the Commission decision. You must have completed all the appeal steps available through TWC, except the optional Motion for Rehearing, before appealing to a civil court. The instructions for submitting an appeal to a civil court are included with the Commission decision.
If you ask for a rehearing and the Commissioners deny it, you can still appeal that decision to a civil court.
It is important that you keep your mailing address up to date because we will mail the hearing information packet and appeal decision to the address in our records.
You may create or update your designated address to ensure that all our notices go where you want them sent.
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