Why you need a unemployment hearing representative
A hearing representative is someone that represents you in an unemployment hearing. Hearing reps typically have experience with unemployment hearings and therefore know the workings and complexities of the hearing. A hearing rep is especially useful if an employer has an attorney representing them. Hearings can quickly become tense and filled with emotion due to the separation of the employee. Unemployment hearings are designed so someone can represent themselves in the hearing and still receive a fair hearing. There are types of hearings such as one to determine if a claimant is able and available to work would not require a representative. Unemployment can be very complex and confusing to someone who has no experience with this type of process and how hearings work. Hearing reps typically handle the initial appeal, represent you during the hearing and cross examine the employer, and then if necessary file an appeal to a higher unemployment review board. Most unemployment hearing representatives are not attorneys, and only a few states require someone to be a licensed attorney to act as a hearing representative. It is important that a hearing rep have extensive experience with unemployment hearings because the rules and procedures are very different from a typical court hearing. In order to determine if you should have someone represent you in your hearing contact us to discuss your case and offer consultation on how to proceed.