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How to File an Appeal - Lower Appeals

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.

Where to File Your Appeal?

BEST OPTION: USE BEACON
The easiest way to file an appeal is to do so on BEACON. To file an appeal (or to see if there is anything that you can appeal), you should log into your portal, then click on the "Correspondence" option, and then click the SEARCH button. If there is a Determination which is appealable, there will be a “File Appeal” hyperlink on the end of the row of that Determination. If you disagree with that Determination, you should click on the "File Appeal" hyperlink and then fill out the form which takes all of your information. At the end of that process, you will be issued an appeal number. If there is no Determination listed with a "File Appeal" next to it, then it is unlikely that there exists an appealable issue at this time.

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO BEACON
An appeal may also filed via e-mail, mail, fax or (when a pandemic does not preclude building access) in-person. It each case, your appeal 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 using one of these methods must include:

  1. the Claimant’s name as it appears on the benefit determination,
  2. the last four digits of the Claimant’s social security number,
  3. the date of the determination which is being appealed,
  4. and a brief statement of why you disagree with the determination which is being appealed.

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THE LOWER APPEALS DIVISION:

Lower Appeals Division
1100 N. Eutaw Street, Room 511
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-767-2421
Fax: 410-225-9781 or 410-767-2532
E-mail: UILowerAppeals.Labor@maryland.gov

Interpreters
PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU NEED AN INTERPRETER, AND INDICATE WHICH LANGUAGE YOU SPEAK IN YOUR APPEAL LETTER.


Maryland Department of Labor
Lower Appeals Division

1100 North Eutaw Street, Room 511
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Phone: 410-767-2421
Fax: 410-225-9781 or 410-767-2532
e-mail: uilowerappeals.labor@maryland.gov