PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Department of Labor, Employment Security Appeals Division this class receives on-the-job training in quasi-judicial work conducting hearings and rendering decisions on unemployment insurance appeals and other assigned matters within the jurisdiction of the department.
Works under the general supervision of the Employment Security Principal Appeals Referee or other employee of higher grade.
May supervise clerical staff as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Performs quasi-judicial work conducting hearings and rendering decisions involving single party or other less complex unemployment insurance appeals; explains hearing procedures and answers appellants questions; reviews determinations, reports and records prior to hearing; elicits pertinent sworn testimony from interested parties; rules on admissibility of evidence, exhibits and documents; facilitates hearing by maintaining order and adherence to proper procedure; writes decisions on cases drawing upon facts in hearing record and pertinent laws; researches, interprets and applies statutory laws, regulations and decisional law to evidence presented; rules upon and answers in writing requests for reconsideration or modification of decisions or reopening of cases; reviews cases appealed to Board of Review to ensure no further proceedings at Referee level are necessary; responds to general and technical inquiries regarding appellate procedure and Connecticut unemployment insurance law; may be assigned to perform work for Employment Security Board of Review including conducting legal research, rendering advice and drafting decisions; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Knowledge of relevant state laws, rules and regulations; some knowledge of Connecticut Employment Security Division appeals process, procedures and operations; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; organizational skills; ability to research, comprehend, interpret and apply laws, regulations and legal decisions; ability to reach sound decisions based on findings of facts, evidence and applicable laws, regulations and rulings; ability to work independently; ability to utilize available technology to review case histories, research relevant laws and Board precedents and draft decisions; ability to maintain judicial demeanor; ability to handle stressful situations.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Eight (8) years of experience performing technical work in Unemployment Insurance, Job Service or Employment and Training programs.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE
One (1) year of the General Experience must have been conducting hearings and rendering decisions on unemployment insurance.
Note: For state employees this is interpreted at the level of a Labor Department Adjudications Specialist.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
1. College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equaling six (6) months of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor’s degree.
2. A Master’s degree in public administration, law or a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
3. A law degree (Juris Doctor) from an accredited law school may be substituted for the General and Special Experience.
1. Incumbents in this class may be required to speak a foreign language.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(12)-SOCIAL SERV (P-2)
This replaces the existing specification for the same class in the same Salary Group SH 26 approved effective October 15, 1993. (2009 SCOPE Review)