How To Preserve Evidence for UC Hearings

How To Preserve Evidence for UC Hearings

This page tells you what documentation you should gather before applying for unemployment compensation. This evidence will be very helpful if you are denied benefits and need to appeal, or if your employer contests your benefits.

Every case is decided based on its own facts and each case will require different proof, but there are certain types of records and documents that can help you in your unemployment claim. 

Keep Proof of Your Communications

It is very helpful to have written proof of your communication with your employer for your unemployment compensation cases Consider the following when keeping a record of your communications:

  • Use your personal email

    You may lose access to your work email, so make sure you either email from a personal email account, or forward your work emails to your personal email account

  • Track your call history

    If you often communicate by phone, it can be helpful to get copies of your phone records or a call log. You can also just take screenshots of your phone’s call history if the relevant calls are still there. Employers often deny that calls were made, or claim they made certain calls. Having proof can be very helpful.

  • Screenshot your text messages

    If you communicate by text message, take screenshots of those text messages. We recommend then emailing them to your self or saving them on the cloud. Phones often break or are lost, this makes sure you don’t lose this proof.

Get a Copy of Employer's Policies

Keep or get a copy of your employer’s policies and procedures, sometimes called an Employee Handbook.

  • It is always a good idea to be familiar with the employer’s rules, policies, and procedures.
  • Your employer’s rules, policies, and procedures are especially important when applying for unemployment compensation because sometimes they can determine your eligibility.

Collect Your Medical Records

If your lost your job or quit for health related reasons, it may be helpful to have documents that show your medical issues. You should keep copies of any documentation, for example:

  • Notes from your doctor
  • Hospital paperwork, including discharge paperwork
  • Medical records or test results
  • Communications from your doctor to your employer requesting accommodations or a leave of absence