- Your unemployment file, and
- Your personal file
Your unemployment file contains information the Illinois Department of Employment Services' used to make its decision on your application for unemployment benefits. If your application was denied and you want to appeal the decision, you should contact your local unemployment office to request a copy of the file.
You have a right to a copy of everything in your unemployment file. You should carefully review your unemployment file before appealing, because you may want to use some information from this file in support of your appeal.
Your personal file refers to information your former employer has. Your personal file should contain information from payroll and dates of employment. Write a written request to employer for access to your entire employment file. If your employer refuses to allow you access to your file, remind them that they are required to give you access to your file.
Review your file carefully and determine what information from the file you want to use at your appeal hearing. You need to submit any documents you want to use before the hearing to both the Referee and your former employer. If you fail to provide them with copies of these documents, you will not be allowed to use them in your appeal, because the Referee will not consider anything that is not in the record. Your employer must also send you with a copy of any documents they intend to use. If you have not received any documents from your former employer a week before your appeal, you should contact them or the Referee to ensure that you have anything that they intend to use. Not all employers will use any documents at the appeal, and may simply use witness testimony.
Updated: January 2017