An unemployment insurance hearing may seem daunting, but proactive measures can help make sure you are prepared and ready for what lies ahead.

Across the country, jobless rates are changing. The fluctuating nature of the unemployment rate in the modern economy makes it important for businesses to monitor retention levels. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, both regional and state unemployment levels decreased slightly in December 2013. Only nine states had no change compared to November, while 42 states and Washington, D.C., reported a decrease in this segment. For the month, the national unemployment rate was 6.7 percent, representing a 1.2 percent drop year-over-year.

On a regional basis, the West had the highest rates at 7.4 percent, the BLS reported. On the other hand, the South was the lowest, at 6.4 percent. However, all four regions noted declines in this segment, both month-over-month and year-over-year.

Given the constantly shifting environment for jobless rates, it is vital that you manage your unemployment costs properly. This relates to the hearing process as well, which may seem like a complicated and confusing step.

Be prepared before the hearing
Should I attend the hearing? What issues will be discussed? Are there any documents that I need to bring? These are just a few of the questions you may be asking yourself prior to an unemployment insurance hearing. Thankfully, there are several steps you can take to get ready for this key event.

Most importantly, be prepared to support your side, according to the Texas Workforce Commission. This means you should gather all relevant evidence, documents and witnesses that back your claim. This is because the termination process within the workplace can be a source of friction.

In order to demonstrate impartiality as an employer, try to bring these vital pieces of evidence to your unemployment insurance hearing:

With these in hand, it will be easier for the third-party hearing officer to determine the facts. However, you will still need to explain how these documents relate to the case, and also be ready in the event that the other party attempts to refute any pieces of evidence. In addition, every document has to be shared with the hearing officer and other person before the process begins.

Overall, you should participate in any unemployment insurance hearing. The outcome can directly relate to effective cost management at your company, including current and future tax issues. And, above all else, make sure you show up on time.


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