Brief or Written Argument


In making its decision, the Industrial Claim Appeals Office (ICAO) also considers any briefs filed by the parties. The brief is a written argument in which each party can explain in detail why the party thinks the Hearing Officer's Decision should be changed or stay the same. However, parties are not required to file a brief.


Brief or Written Argument Process

You have twelve calendar days to review the record of the hearing and submit your brief from the date the Notice of Appeal and Opportunity to File Additional Argument is mailed. The same deadline applies to both parties, however, neither party is required to submit a brief.
If the appealing party files a brief, a copy of that brief will be sent to the opposing party. We will then review the file and determine if a response brief will be permitted. Visit the Appeals FAQ page for more information.
After all briefs have been received a Panel Decision is issued.

How do I submit a brief?

There is no particular format that must be followed when submitting a written argument. Most parties simply write a letter in which they outline the issues they wish us to consider. If there are specific portions of the hearing recording that support your position, be sure to refer to them in your statement. Visit the Appeals FAQ page for more information.
Be sure to include:
  • Claimant's name -this is the person requesting unemployment benefits.
  • Docket Number on the decision - this number appears directly below the social security number.
  • Name of the employer involved with the case.

Submit a Brief


Send your brief to:
Industrial Claim Appeals Office: Unemployment Insurance Cases
PO Box 18291
Denver, CO 80218-0291
Fax to: (303) 318-8139
Email to: CDLE_ICAO@state.co.us


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