Q: Unemployment teleconference/hearing on whether appeal was timely?
I was laid off almost two years ago for lack of work with a former company and was instructed by my employer to claim unemployment benefits. I claimed benefits for 6 months. Long story short I have been self isolating due to the pandemic in my home town. Upon returning to town a few weeks ago I received a letter in the mail from UI claiming that I was to pay back those benefits because they falsely found I was let go for misconduct, which isn't true. I called my former employer and they said they had made a mistake on their end confusing me with another employee. They even wrote a letter to UI to clarify the mistake. UI told my employer that I had to file for an appeal. I wrote a letter to try to clarify the mistake and attached the letter my employer wrote as well to back me up. But since I was out of town I missed the deadline to file the appeal. Now UI wants to have a hearing between me and my employer based on whether the appeal is timely? I was completely unaware of the situation
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