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No excuses accepted for missing appeal deadline

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Here’s another reason to stay on top of deadlines: If you plan on appealing a decision to grant unemployment benefits for a former worker, don’t miss the 20-day deadline.

Recent case: James, who was terminated because of poor performance and attendance problems, filed for unemployment. His former employer contested the application, arguing he was terminated for misconduct and therefore wasn’t eligible.

James waited four months to file an appeal. He argued that he needed time for psychological tests that allegedly determined he had a learning disability that made it hard for him to “sustain the expected pace” of his job. Therefore, he reasoned, he wasn’t guilty of misconduct.

The court said he was out of luck because he missed the 20-day appeal period. (Pederson v. Ecumen, No. A13-0787, Court of Appeals of Minnesota, 2014)

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