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Appeal procedure

Under the Unemployment Security Act, all decisions of an unemployment fund can be appealed against in the Unemployment Security Appeal Board. A member unsatisfied with the fund's decision must present a written appeal addressed to the Unemployment Security Appeal Board. The appeal is submitted to the relevant unemployment fund, who sends the appeal, the documents of the handling ant the fund’s statement on the matter to the Appeal Board. If still unsatisfied with the Unemployment Security Appeal Board’s decision, a new appeal can be made in the Insurance court.

Submitting an appeal to the unemployment fund

Under the Unemployment Security Act, all decisions of an unemployment fund can be appealed against in the Unemployment Security Appeal Board. A member unsatisfied with the fund's decision must present a written appeal addressed to the Unemployment Security Appeal Board but submitted to the relevant unemployment fund. There is always a notice of the possibility of an appeal on a decision provided by the fund, with instructions for making an appeal when necessary. 

The appeal petition must be submitted to the relevant unemployment fund within 30 days of the appellant's receiving notice of the decision. If not otherwise shown, the appellant is seen to have received the decision on the seventh day after the decision has been posted to the address given by the appellant.

You can send your appeal to us also as a message from OmaYTK-service.

The appeal should single out the decision in which a change is wanted. The appeal should also say to which part of the decision the change is wanted, what changes are wanted and on what grounds.

After the fund has received an appeal, the appeal is registered. If the fund cannot rectify its decision, it must submit the petition appeal with any related documents gathered during the process and the fund's statement, to the Unemployment Security Appeal Board within 30 days of the end of the term of appeal. The fund will notify the appellant of the statement and reserve the appellant an opportunity to be heard on the matter. If the appellant wants to give a statement about the fund’s statement, the appellant must send it directly to the Unemployment Security Appeal Board.

 

Appealing against a decision by the Unemployment Security Appeal Board

A person unsatisfied with the decision of the Unemployment Security Appeal Board is able to appeal against the decision in the Insurance Court. Here, the appeal is also submitted to the relevant unemployment fund. If the fund cannot rectify the decision, it will submit the documents with its statement to the Insurance Court within 30 days of the end of the term of appeal. The decision of the Insurance Court cannot be appealed against.

 

Average hearing times in Unemployment Security Appeal Board and Insurance Court

The average hearing time in Unemployment Security Appeal Board is at the moment approximately six months. In Insurance Court the average hearing time of appeals is approximately 12 months for issues concerning unemployment security.

The hearing of an appeal in Unemployment Security Appeal Board and Insurance Court is free of charge.

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