Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to review an unemployment benefits case?

There is no specific time frame for the Commission to issue a decision. The time within which the Commission issues its decisions depends on the number of cases pending and the complexity of the issues raised in the cases.

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How can I appeal to the Commission on workers′ compensation case?

The Application for Review form is found on our web page or if you would like a copy of this form, please call the Commission at (573) 751-2461. The form is there for the parties use but is not mandatory. Appeals must be taken within 20 days of the Administrative Law Judge′s award.

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How can I appeal to the Commission on unemployment cases?

Use the Application for Review form. If you would like a copy of the form, please call the Commission at (573) 751-2461. The form is there for the parties use but is not mandatory. Appeals must be taken within 30 days of the Appeals Referee′s decision.

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How does the Commission expedite hardship cases in workers′ compensation?

Hardship cases are flagged and the transcript is prepared in an expedited manner, briefing time is reduced, with no extensions granted and the need for oral argument is scrutinized. This is done to minimize any delays that may occur.

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How do I appeal a Commission decision in workers′ compensation?

An appeal must be taken to the Missouri Court of Appeals within 30 days. Please use Form 8-C. If you would like a copy of this form, please call the Commission at (573) 751-2461.

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Can I get an extension to file my brief?

This is specific to each case, but in general a short extension can be granted with Commission approval.

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What is the Prevailing Wage?

Please refer this question to the Division of Labor Standards at (573) 751-3403.

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How can I obtain a transcript of the hearing in a workers′ compensation case?

Fax a written request to the Commission at (573) 751-7806.

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How can I obtain a transcript of the hearing in an unemployment case?

Fax a written request to the Division of Employment Security, Appeals Section at (573) 751-5620.

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Do I have to pay for the transcript?

Employees in both unemployment and workers′ compensation cases receive the transcript free. Employers are charged a fee set by the agency.

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Must I have an attorney to file an appeal to the Commission in unemployment?

Parties do not have to be represented by counsel to file an appeal to the Commission in unemployment.

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How many copies of my brief should I send?

The Commission requires the original and two copies.

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How is timeliness determined in filings before the Commission?

The filing date is determined by the meter mark or United States Post Office cancellation on the envelope or container the document is received in. If there is no meter mark or United States Post Office cancellation mark, then the received date is considered the filing date.

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Where can I get copies of Commission decisions in prevailing wage objections?

Copies of prevailing wage decisions issued by the Commission in prevailing wage objections can be obtained from our web page. If you would like a copy by mail please call the Commission at (573) 751-2461.

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Who are the members of the Commission?

Please see the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission.

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Where can I find the Commission′s Statement of Policy regarding workers′ compensation appeals?

The Commission′s Statement of Policy can be found on our web page.

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Where can I find the statutes that pertain to the Commission?

The Commission′s Statutes can be obtained from our web page.

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Where can I find the rules and regulations pertaining to the Commission?

The Commission′s Rules and Regulations can be obtained from our web page.

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Can the Commission assist me in filling out the Form 8-B, Notice of Appeal to the Missouri Court of Appeals?

Commission staff cannot give legal advice to individuals; however, if you have specific questions about completing the form you may phone the Commission′s office at (573) 751-2461 and ask to speak to legal counsel. You may also read the instructions for completing the Form 8-B (8-B Instructions).

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If I have an unemployment claim pending before the Commission, can I submit additional information?

Parties may request permission to submit additional evidence to the Commission. The specific requirements are set out at 8CSR 20-4.010(5).

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Where can I find a copy of the hearing schedule for prevailing wage objections?

The hearing schedule can be obtained from our web page.

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Where does the Commission hear oral arguments?

The Commission hears arguments in their office in Jefferson City. Upon approval by the Commission, the parties may appear by video conference from Department locations in St. Louis, Kansas City, and Springfield.

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If oral argument is allowed, how much time do I have to argue?

Each party, who timely files a brief, is allowed 10 minutes.

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