Expect-the-unexpectedHearing Witness Options if a claimant has attorney representation

Scenario: You are called upon as a first-hand witness to provide testimony at an unemployment hearing, or you are your company’s unemployment hearing representative. On the day of the telephone or in person hearing, the Hearing Officer begins the hearing and introduces all the parties of the case, including the claimant’s attorney representative.
If this is discovered for the first time, at the beginning of your hearing and you do not feel comfortable moving forward without representation of your own, you should immediately ask the Hearing Officer to adjourn the hearing to a later date.
If the adjournment is granted, the Hearing Officer will close the hearing and reschedule for a later date. If the claimant’s attorney objects to your request, you should simply state “you did not receive an appearance notice indicating the claimant had an attorney, and if you had, you would have alerted your company’s Human Resource/Legal Department for direction and would have been prepared to move forward today.” Most Hearing Officers will grant the adjournment. However, if the adjournment is not granted, you should consider not participating at all as the claimant, and their attorney may have a hidden agenda. CCC can always appeal the Hearing Officer’s adjournment denial upon receipt of the hearing decision.
If the hearing notice or an appearance notice (received in advance of the hearing date) indicates, the claimant has an attorney you should immediately contact your company’s Human Resource/Legal Department and your CCC Hearing coordinator for further direction.

Hearing Witness Quick Tips if a claimant has attorney representation

Alternate Scenario: You are called upon as a first-hand witness to provide testimony at an unemployment hearing, or you are your company’s unemployment hearing representative. You are aware the claimant has an attorney and have already received direction from your HR/Legal Dept to participate in the hearing.

Final Takeaway, Don’t Go It Alone!

Your CCC hearing coordinator is available to; review your state file with you in preparation for the hearing, provide timely notification of the hearing date and schedule a prehearing conference if you so desire, identify the proper witness and provide the above guidance to ensure your case is effectively presented. Your CCC hearing coordinator can also assign representation on your behalf.
Please contact your company’s primary CCC contact or your CCC Account Executive for further information.


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