If you got a letter in the mail that the Nevada Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation that your unemployment benefits were denied, it is not the end of the world. Just like every other state in the United States, Nevada will give you the right to appeal your denial.
Then if your appeal is successful, you will be permitted to collect the benefits that you would have if your application was not denied in the first place.
Today, we are going to explain how you can successfully appeal your denial of benefits if you live in the state of Nevada. We will go over the more common reasons on why your claim was denied, the proper procedures, and deadlines you will need to meet for filing your appeal, alongside what you should expect to see at your appeal hearing.
Reason Why Your Claim Was Denied
If you found that your unemployment claim was denied, as previously stated you will get a letter in the mail from the Nevada Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation. This letter will state exactly why your unemployment claim was denied.
However, as of right now, we are going to go over the more common reasons as to why many people’s unemployment claim was denied.
Just like most other states, Nevada will require you to have earned a certain amount within the last 12-month period, which is also known as the base period for you to even be eligible for any sort of unemployment benefits.
In order to receive unemployment benefits, you will be required to be out of work not be your own fault.
However, if you voluntarily leave your job, without any good reason, you will NOT be eligible to receive unemployment benefits. BUT and this is a very big but, if you have a very compelling reason as to why you voluntarily left your job, you may still have a chance to be eligible for benefits.
For instance, if you left because your employer would not fix his or her working conditions or because you had certain health problems preventing you from fulfilling the position, you could still be eligible for unemployment benefits.
Discharge for Misconduct
You will be denied unemployment, if you were let go for misconduct. If you were let go because you were not a good fit or did not possess the necessary skills to properly do the job, you will still be permitted to get unemployment benefits.
However, you need to keep in mind in the state of Nevada, you can be disqualified from getting unemployment benefits for a certain period, if you were let go due to criminal activity or not following your employer’s rules.
Refusing Suitable Work
In the state of Nevada, you will only be permitted to receive unemployment benefits, if you are actively looking for a new job. However, once you turn down work, you will NOT be permitted to collect your unemployment benefits any longer.
After reading these common requirements that you must abide by and you believe that the Nevada Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation made a mistake in denying your claim, then the next step is to file an appeal.
Nevada Unemployment Appeal Process
If your unemployment benefits claim was denied, you will need to file your appeal with the Appeals Office of the Nevada Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation.
Just as we mentioned above, the letter you receive in the mail from the Nevada Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation will tell you exactly why your unemployment benefits were denied.
The letter will also explain to you exactly how and where you need to file your appeal. However, you will need to keep in mind as well that you have 11 days from the date on the letter to file your appeal, so you will need to do that as quick as possible.
Within your appeal, you will need to state why you believe you are entitled to the unemployment benefits.
For instance, in the letter, you will receive it will tell you why you are denied. If you have proof that you met that criteria, this is where you will say so with your proof in hand.
When you officially file your appeal, you will need to file your weekly claims for your benefits, you will still need to look for a new job, along with keeping an organized record of what jobs you have applied to, had interviews at, and offers.
Once you win your appeal, you will THEN be entitled to your unemployment benefits. These benefits will start from the date your claim was denied, but they will only be paid out if you kept filing weekly for your benefit claims and on the job search.
Your Appeal Hearing
Once you officially file your appeal, you will then receive a letter in the mail that will tell you all about when and where your hearing will take place.
Your hearing can either take place on the telephone or in person. It all will really depend on what is available at the time of when you file your appeal. However, every hearing will have a referee who will be present during the hearing and he or she will be the one who will ultimately make the decision on your appeal for benefits.
The referee will ask you questions about yourself, any witnesses you may have and about your employer. The referee will also go over any and all documentation and evidence you provide at your hearing as well.
Keep in mind that your employer can also be present and even participate during your hearing. Your employer may also choose to be represented by an attorney. You can also get an attorney, if you so desire as well.
During the hearing, you will have the opportunity to tell your side of the story. When you tell your side of the story, it is vital that you have witnessed along with documents that back up your story as well.
You should know that there will be no verdict during your hearing. You will get another letter in the mail with the decision. If you were successful and you win your appeal, you will begin receiving your unemployment benefits shortly.
The referee will not decide your appeal at the hearing but will instead send you and your employer a written decision in the mail. If you win your appeal, you should begin receiving benefits soon.
If you are not successful in your appeal, you will have 11 dates from the date on the letter to file another higher appeal to the Board of Review. If you lose that appeal, you can then petition for yet another appeal to the Nevada district court. You will have 22 days to file this appeal.
You will need to ensure you file your appeals during the timeframe given.
Unemployment Office Las Vegas
If you are in the Las Vegas area, you will be happy to know there are two unemployment offices. These offices will be either where your hearing will take place or a great resource when you are filing for benefits or you are going through the appeal process.
The address for the unemployment office in Las Vegas is the following:
3405 South Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89169
Telephone Number: 702-486-0100
Fax Number: 702-486-0118
The address for the North Las Vegas unemployment office is the following:
2827 Las Vegas Boulevard North
Las Vegas, NV 89030
Telephone Number: 702-486-0200
Fax Number: 702-486-0230