When a former employee files for unemployment benefits, the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) investigates the claim. The agency will contact you and your former employee and then issue a determination letter detailing its initial findings. The letter will list any points of law DEW considered in making the determination.

If you disagree with the determination, you have the right to file an appeal. Each determination letter contains detailed appeal rights and information; make sure to read this information thoroughly. Your former employee, or any employer whose unemployment insurance tax account is affected by your claim, can also appeal the determination.

And if you disagree with the decision made after an appeal, you can appeal further to the Appellate Panel. You must file your appeal within 10 calendar days of the mailing date listed on the appeal decision.


You have the right to file an appeal if you disagree with paying an individual’s claim.

There are two types of Appeals – (1) Notice of Appeal to Appeal Tribunal and (2) Application for Leave to Appeal to the Appellate Panel. The first type of appeal may be filed after the determination has been made by Claims Adjudicator. The second type of appeal may be filed after the Appeal Tribunal has communicated their decision. By law, you must file your appeal within 10 calendar days of the mailing date listed on the Determination or the Appeal Tribunal decision. If the 10th day falls on a weekend or recognized holiday, the appeal period extends to the next business day.

Appeal Forms

Note: All appeal documents (APP-100, APP-107 and APP-111) must contain the handwritten signature of the party completing the document before they will be accepted. After completing the appropriate document please print, sign, and return it to DEW’s Appeals Division via fax or regular mail at the address or number provided on the form.

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