In the Department of Labor, Employment Security Appeals Division this class is accountable for performing quasi-judicial work conducting hearings and rendering decisions on a full range of unemployment compensation 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 professional and clerical staff as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Conducts quasi-judicial hearings on a full range of appeals from Department of Labor decisions regarding unemployment insurance and other assigned matters within departmental jurisdiction and renders decisions based upon findings at hearings;
Explains hearing procedures and answers appellants questions;
Reviews determinations, reports, records and other source documents prior to hearing;
Elicits pertinent sworn testimony from interested parties;
Rules on admissibility of evidence, exhibits and documents;
Facilitates hearing, maintaining order and adherence to proper procedure;
Writes decisions on cases drawing upon facts in hearing record and pertinent state and federal laws and regulations;
Researches precedent decisions;
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 assist in training Appeals Referees, Adjudications Specialists and other departmental personnel;
May be assigned to perform work for Employment Security Board of Review including conducting legal research, rendering advice and drafting decisions;
May assume duties of Principal Appeals Referee in their absence;
Performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of
relevant state laws, rules and regulations;
Connecticut Employment Security Division appeals process, procedures and operations;
quasi-judicial procedures and rules of evidence;
oral and written communication skills;
comprehend, interpret and apply laws, regulations and legal decisions;
reach sound decisions based on findings of fact, evidence and applicable laws, regulations and rulings;
utilize available technology to review case histories, research relevant law and board precedent and draft decisions;
maintain judicial demeanor;
handle stressful situations.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Two (2) years of experience at the level of an Employment Security Appeals Referee.
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 Associate Appeals Referee in Salary Group SH 28 approved effective June 08, 2023. (Revised to update terminology) Final No. 23-310