PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
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 his/her absence; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of relevant state laws, rules and regulations; considerable knowledge of Connecticut Employment Security Division appeals process, procedures and operations; considerable knowledge of quasi-judicial procedures and rules of evidence; considerable oral and written communication skills; interpersonal skills; ability to comprehend, interpret and apply laws, regulations and legal decisions; ability to reach sound decisions based on findings of fact, evidence and applicable laws, regulations and rulings; ability to work independently; ability to utilize available technology to review case histories, research relevant law and board precedent and draft decisions; ability to maintain judicial demeanor; ability to handle stressful situations.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Two (2) years of experience at the level of Employment Security Appeals Referee.
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 28 approved effective October 15, 1993. (2009 SCOPE Review)