File an Unemployment Appeal

Georgia Department of Labor decisions can be appealed within 15 days.

Individuals have the right to appeal Georgia Department of Labor decisions that have appeal rights. The appeal must be submitted in writing within 15 days of the date on the claim determination letter. 

There are two levels of appeal within the Georgia Department of Labor. First is the Appeals Tribunal, which hears appeals of Benefit Determinations and Claims Examiner’s Determinations. Second is the Board of Review, which is a 3-member panel that reviews hearings conducted by the Appeals Tribunal and issues written decisions.

Full information about filing an unemployment insurance appeal can be found in the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Handbook.

 

How Do I File an Unemployment Appeal?

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    Get Prepared

    Be sure to continue claiming benefits and submitting your Weekly Work Search Record throughout the appeal process.

     
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    Gather What You'll Need

    • The release date of the determination or decision you are appealing.
    • The docket number if you are appealing a previous decision made by the Appeals Tribunal Administrative Hearing Officer.
    • The claimant’s name and the Social Security number on the determination or decision being appealed (if submitting by email or fax, only include the last four digits).
    • Your address and the best phone number to reach you.
    • A detailed explanation of why you are appealing.
     
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    Submit Your Appeal

    You can submit your appeal online, via email, by fax, or in person. Please keep a copy of your appeal for your records.

    • Submit Online
      • Filing online is the faster, preferred method of appeal.
      • Visit the Georgia Department of Labor’s File an Appeal portal.
      • Log in using the same credentials you use to file for unemployment. 
      • Follow the online prompts to file your appeal.
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    • Submit by Email
      • Download the Appeal Request Form from the Georgia Department of Labor website’s Forms and Publications section.
      • Complete and sign the form.
      • If appealing a Claims Examiner’s Determination, email the completed and signed form to appeals@gdol.ga.gov.
      • If appealing an Administrative Hearing Officer’s Decision, email the completed and signed form to boardofreview@gdol.ga.gov.
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    • Submit by Fax
      • Download the Appeal Request Form from the Georgia Department of Labor website’s Forms and Publications section.
      • Complete and sign the form.
      • If appealing a Claims Examiner’s Determination, fax the completed and signed form to 404-232-3901 or 404-232-3902.
      • If appealing an Administrative Hearing Officer’s Decision, fax the completed and signed form to 404-232-3339.
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    • Submit in Person
      • Download the Appeal Request Form from the Georgia Department of Labor website’s Forms and Publications section.
      • Complete and sign the form.
      • If appealing a Claims Examiner’s Determination, hand deliver (do not mail) the completed and signed form to:

      Georgia Department of Labor

      UI Appeals Tribunal

      148 Andrew Young International Blvd. NE

      Suite 525

      Atlanta, GA 30303-1734

      • If appealing an Administrative Hearing Officer’s Decision, hand deliver (do not mail) the completed and signed form to:

      Georgia Department of Labor

      Board of Review

      148 Andrew Young International Blvd. NE

      Suite 510

      Atlanta, GA 30303-173

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    Next Steps

    • When your appeal is received, you should receive a confirmation number.
    • After you submit your appeal request, the Appeals Tribunal will decide if a hearing should be scheduled. If a hearing is scheduled, the Appeals Tribunal will send you, the employer, and any interested party a Notice of Hearing. This will contain the time and date of the hearing, as well as the issues to be discussed.
    • After the hearing, a decision will be mailed to all interested parties. If you disagree with the decision, you may appeal to the Board of Review.