How To Challenge Unemployment Benefit Claim in CA

If you are considering challenging an unemployment claim decision made by the Employment Development Department, it may be useful to learn what decisions have been made in Unemployment Appeals in the past.

The California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board (CUIAB) is an independent administrative court system for workers and employers seeking to challenge decisions made by the Employment Development Department (EDD). Appeals are the first opportunity for all parties to present evidence and tell their side of the story before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) and have that ALJ decide the case. The ALJ’s decision may be appealed to a five-member Board appointed by the Governor and the Legislature. The Board’s decision is final, unless overturned by the California Superior Court.

If a party appeals, EDD’s original decision is reviewed by an ALJ. The ALJ can overturn, agree with, or modify EDD’s decision. The losing party can appeal the ALJ’s decision to CUIAB’s five-member Board, appointed by the Governor and Legislature. California is one of 47 states to offer this second level of review. The Board’s decision is CUIAB’s final decision. Workers and employers who disagree with CUIAB’s final decision may appeal to the California Superior Court system, which is outside of CUIAB.

Below are links to indexes that can help you to navigate to prior decisions that may relate to your specific situation.