Alert: Current Problems with Notice of Determination

Alert: Current Problems with Notice of Determination

Both UC and PUA claimants have been sent Notices of Determination and Referee Decisions that have incorrect information about appeal deadlines and where to fax an appeal. 

Claimants now have 21 days to file an appeal.

On July 24, 2021, the Pennsylvania legislature changed the time to appeal any Notice of Determination or Referee Decision from 15 days to 21 days for both UC and PUA claimants.

Many claimants are getting Notices of Determination and Referee Decisions that still say they only have 15 days to appeal and have incorrect appeal dates based because of this.

Claimants who did not appeal a Notice of Determination or Referee Decision sent to them after July 24, 2021 because they thought they missed the 15 day deadline, can still send in a late appeal. When filing a late appeal, you will need to explain to the Referee why you had good cause for a late appeal. You can visit our pages about how to appeal a UC determination or a PUA determination to learn more.

Some Notices of Determination for regular UC have the wrong fax number.

When the new UC system launched, it did not include previously issued determinations. However, if you have an appeal, the copy of the appeal file sent to you in your portal, may have a new version of the Notice of Determination that is different from what you originally received in the mail. 

Some of these new Notices of Determination also have a different fax number listed to send your appeal to from what was on the Notice from the old UC system. If the fax number listed on the new Notice of Determination is different from the one you sent your appeal to, make sure to provide a copy of your original Notice of Determination to the Referee. 

We recommend that you file your appeal through your UC portal or by email. If you need to fax your appeal in, please double check that you are faxing it to the correct Service Center fax number by using the table below from the Department of Labor and Industry.

A table of locations and contact information for UC Service Centers in Pennsylvania.