Denial of Unemployment Insurance


Discovering that you are denied unemployment in Arizona when you really need them can be disappointing. When denied unemployment benefits, you must look for the reason your application was not approved. The Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) is the agency that oversees the provision of Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. If DES ruled your application for unemployment benefits denied, you will receive a Determination of Overpayment letter instead of a Determination of Deputy letter from DES. If you disagree with this decision, you may file an appeal with DES. Your unemployment denial appeal must be submitted within a certain timeframe and you must be careful to follow the specific instructions DES provides for filing an appeal. Continue reading to learn more about having unemployment compensation benefits denied and how to file an appeal for unemployment benefits.

Common Reasons for Unemployment Insurance Application Denial

Applicants are denied unemployment benefits for any number of reasons. If you are denied unemployment after applying for benefit payments, you have probably failed to meet a certain eligibility requirement at the time you submitted your application. For instance, you can be denied benefits if you were not unemployed through no fault of your own. Other reasons that make unemployment benefits denied are often linked to some failure to maintain the weekly activities required to keep receiving UI benefit payments. For an extended list of reasons unemployment benefits are denied, download our comprehensive guide today.

Initiating an Unemployment Benefits Appeal

“What can I do if unemployment denied my application?” may be your first question asked after receiving your denial notice. You may file an unemployment denial appeal within the timeframe outlined in your Determination of Overpayment issued by the DES. The unemployment denial appeal can be filed by phone, in writing or in person at a DES Employment Service office. An online option for filing an appeal is available to certain qualifying applicants. DES recommends that Arizona workers denied unemployment benefits continue to go through the weekly filing process while waiting for their appeal to be heard. Even if you find your original request for unemployment benefits denied, your appeal may be ruled in your favor. Even so, you cannot get back payment for denied unemployment benefits except for the weeks that you continued to look for a new job and submit benefit payment claims.

The UI Appeals Process for Claimants

Every Arizona unemployment denial appeal follows the same basic procedure that will lead to the restoration of UI benefits or, if denied, the next step in the appeals process. When DES rules unemployment compensation benefits denied and you file an appeal, it will take several weeks for you to find out the date and time of your hearing. This is considered the first level in the unemployment denial appeal process and usually results in being given an appointment for a hearing that will happen over the phone. You must follow all instructions for registering for the telephone hearing because it is the only opportunity you will have to present your appeal to a judge. Note that very few claimants denied unemployment benefits will be given an in-person hearing for a first-level appeal. In-person unemployment denial appeal hearings follow a different protocol than hearings conducted over the phone.

When you are denied unemployment benefits and choose to appeal, you must carefully select and collect supporting documents to present to the judge when pleading your case. Your unemployment denial appeal letter will include instructions for how to submit copies of documentation to the judge. For detailed information about the types of documentation commonly used for appeals, download a copy of our comprehensive guide to employment services in Arizona.

After your denied unemployment benefits hearing, the judge will issue a ruling to let you know his or her decision and you will receive a copy by whichever method you provided for communication. If the judge rules that it was wrong to deny unemployment benefits, you can begin to receive them if you are still unemployed after the appeal process is over. You may also be owed back payment for denied unemployment benefits that you filed a weekly claim for while waiting for the judge’s decision.

“What can I do if unemployment denied me for benefits again, by rejecting my appeal?” If that is your question, note that the appeal process has more than one level. If your unemployment denial appeal judge did not rule in your favor, you have the right to submit a petition for review to the agency that handles the second level of appeals. You risk another denial of unemployment benefits if you fail to submit your petition of review during the specific timeframe they give you. When submitting this second-level unemployment denial appeal, you will receive instructions for any remaining opportunities for appeal that may still be open to you.

What Kinds of Employment Services Does Arizona Offer?

The state of Arizona offers various programs meant to assist residents who have become unemployed. These employment services include unemployment insurance programs and job training initiatives. To learn about how you can apply for unemployment benefits and receive job assistance in Arizona, download our guide today.

Who Is Eligible for Employment Services in Arizona?

Arizona residents that meet certain criteria can qualify to receive employment benefits and training. The state has set job loss standards that determine the eligibility and amount of benefits an individual may be able to receive. To find out if you are eligible for Arizona unemployment benefits, download our guide now.