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
relevant state laws, rules and regulations;
Connecticut Employment Security Division appeals process, procedures and operations;
oral and written communication skills;
research, comprehend, interpret and apply laws, regulations and legal decisions;
reach sound decisions based on findings of facts, evidence and applicable laws, regulations and rulings;
utilize available technology to review case histories, research relevant laws and Board precedents and draft decisions;
maintain judicial demeanor;
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 experience is interpreted at the level of a Labor Department Adjudication Specialist.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor’s degree.
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.
A law degree (Juris Doctor) from an accredited law school may be substituted for the General and Special Experience.
Incumbents in this class may be required to speak a foreign language.
Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(12)-SOCIAL SERV (P-2)
As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes. As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Employment Security Appeals Referee in Salary Group SH 26 approved effective July 31, 2009. (Revised to modernize format and add Acknowledgement section) Final No. 23-132