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Strict deadlines enforced for unemployment comp appeals

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In an effort to add finality to cases, courts are beginning to enforce strict deadlines on appeals of unemployment compensation decisions. The lesson for employers: Pay attention to deadlines; submit appeals on time.

Recent case: Shannon Williams applied for unemployment compen­sation when she lost her job at Lens­Crafters. First, she was deemed ­eli­gible, but LensCrafters appealed.

The Ohio Unemployment Compensation Review Commission then said Williams wasn’t eligible. It gave her 30 days to appeal to the Ohio Court of Common Pleas.

Williams missed the deadline by a day, but asked the court to allow her appeal anyway. It refused, saying that the deadline can only be extended if it falls on a weekend or holiday, or the decision being appealed wasn’t received within the 30-day appeal period. (Williams v. LensCrafters, et al., No. L-10-1154, Court of Appeals of Ohio, 2011)

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