Unemployment Insurance Appeals - Maryland Department of Labor
Due to high call volume the Lower Appeals Division suggests that you contact us via e-mail at UILowerAppeals.Labor@maryland.gov. This e-mail account is monitored and we will be responding to incoming messages throughout the work day. This e-mail account can also be used to file an appeal.
Under Maryland Unemployment Insurance a claimant or employer normally has 15 days after the date of the mailing of a benefit determination to file a timely appeal. Code of Maryland Regulations provides that the period for filing an appeal from the Claims Specialist's determination may be extended by the Hearing Examiner for good cause shown. Due to the high claim volume caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, untimely filing of an appeal may result. Such appeals will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
A claimant for unemployment insurance who has been denied benefits may file an appeal of that denial to the Appeals Division. An employer may appeal a determination granting benefits to a former employee. Upon receipt of an appeal a hearing will be scheduled on the earliest available date. An appeal filed via mail, fax or in-person must be in writing and must include the name of the claimant legibly written and a signature of the person submitting the appeal. A request for an appeal via email must include:
- the Claimant’s name as it appears on the benefit determination,
- the last four digits of the Claimant’s social security number,
- the date of the determination which is being appealed,
- and a brief statement of why you disagree with the determination which is being appealed.
The information to submit an appeal is as follows:
1100 N. Eutaw Street, Room 505
Baltimore, MD 21201
The last date to file an appeal as well as the address to which the appeal should be directed is printed on both monetary and non-monetary determinations. If an appeal is filed, a hearing will be held by a Hearing Examiner, who will then issue a written decision. That decision is appealable by a claimant, an employer or the Department to the Board of Appeals. DO NOT FILE AN APPEAL FROM AN INITIAL BENEFIT DETERMINATION TO THE BOARD OF APPEALS. Only Lower Appeals decisions are appealable to the Board of Appeals.
If an appeal is filed, a hearing will be held by a Hearing Examiner, who will then issue a written decision. That decision is appealable by a claimant, an employer or the Department to the Board of Appeals.