An Unemployment Insurance Benefit Determination is mailed to you advising if you have enough insured wages to establish a claim. This notification does NOT mean you are approved or allowed benefits. If you disagree with the wages calculated, you should file a wage appeal and submit further documentation of wages for re-evaluation. If you don't disagree with their findings, you don't have to do anything except wait for a CED. Keep certifying weekly!!
This is the form you need to see if your benefits have been allowed or denied. The most important information is in Section III. If you do not agree with the decision you have 15 days to appeal. Re-determinations can be sent and hold up your claim for further review if more evidence is submitted after an initial CED is issued. Benefit Re-determinations are usually issued if other information has turned up on your initial claim and requires further investigation. It doesn't always mean a bad thing, it just means they require further evidence from you or your employer to confirm benefits are allowed.
Appeals must be submitted in writing within 15 days of the date on the claim determination. You can submit it online, by email, fax or hand delivery. Appeals are only necessary if you disagree with their decision. Be advised, appeals are backed up just like everything else but you must file your appeal within the 15 day window. Also, on your appeal paperwork, I recommend you write: "I wish to appeal" on your paperwork so they know you are appealing.
As long as you have direct deposit set up or have requested a debit card as your method of payment for your benefits, everything will process automatically and you should receive payment within 48 hours after receiving a Claim Examiner's Determination showing your benefits are allowed. Sometimes payments take longer to post depending on your financial institution. Lump sump/back payments could take up to a week and may come in multiple deposits.
Never share your PIN or login information to your claim or your banking information. If you feel your account has been compromised contact the Department of Labor for assistance. I only ask for the last 4 because the team at the DOL that I am working with has asked me to get that to help them with the call back process. It allows them to access your file quicker before their phone call to you. If you don't want to give it to me, that is perfectly fine! You can also visit this link to RESET YOUR PIN https://dol.georgia.gov/blog-post/reset-your-pin
You can report fraud directly to the Dept of Labor at their website: https://www.dol.state.ga.us/public/uiben/fraud/reportType Persons that file fraud claims are responsible to return any and all benefits they may have received. It's not worth it. Don't do it. The amount of fraud that the DOL is experiencing is the MAIN reason the claim process at this time is so slow for legit claimants.
I am so thankful that I found you, thanks to my coworker. Four months into not knowing what’s going on with my case then you did your “magic” and I am in the right track! Thank you @SabrinaHogan and Janet from GDOL, you have lifted a huge weight on my shoulders!!
My bills were so heavy and you helped me get my benefits pushed through so I could keep my lights on. You are amazing!
Yolanda - Jonesboro, GA
Thank you so much Sabrina!
YOU are the REAL deal. You took time out of your life to help me and I am
truly grateful. In my mind, had it not been for your willingness to be honest with me and share what you
did about the process, I would not be where I am today. I am so glad that I came across your post on
Twitter. Within a week I got a call from the Commissioner’s Office.
I answered their questions truthfully and the call ended just as you and I discussed. Fortunately, I was
allowed the option to apply for PUA and ultimately approved. Thanks to you, I actually got a call back and TODAY, I got my deposit. I can’t
THANK YOU enough! Like I said before,
YOU are the real deal. Best
wishes and many blessings and thanks to
As a PUA claimant myself, I saw a need to assist people on Twitter with getting replies back due the overwhelming amount of claims the Georgia Dept. of Labor was experiencing. I don't think claimants realize that the normal wait time to process a claim is about 21 days. Things are no longer "normal". Due to the pandemic and Covid-19,
As a PUA claimant myself, I saw a need to assist people on Twitter with getting replies back due the overwhelming amount of claims the Georgia Dept. of Labor was experiencing. I don't think claimants realize that the normal wait time to process a claim is about 21 days. Things are no longer "normal". Due to the pandemic and Covid-19, the load of claims has increased at a rate they've never seen before. I just wanted to help anyway I could. Creating a call back list and forwarding it to a team at the DOL is my way of helping.
A lot of you have asked me why I go by the Twitter handle Feisty Heifer. It's an inside joke between my husband and I but it's just something he said to me once and it just "stuck" - I've been married for almost 25 years to a great guy and am very happy. MOOOO!
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