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Appeals Referee III

  • Appeals Referee III
  • What will I be doing?
  • Do I qualify?
  • Can I be successful?
  • Benefits
  • How do I apply?
Class Number: 
Annual Salary Range:
$46,392.00 – $73,896.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$1,933.00 – $3,079.00
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This is senior-level quasi-judicial and related professional work conducting hearings and writing decisions on unemployment insurance appeals, involving the most complex and controversial administrative determinations.

Job Duties

Conducts hearings at all levels of difficulty, including the most complex and controversial cases, such as cases arising under the labor dispute provisions of the Law, which may involve a large number of claimants, and cases involving the tax liability of employers; places witnesses under oath, questions witnesses to develop the pertinent facts, directs the recording of the testimony, rules on objections, and facilitates the cross-examination of witnesses.

Evaluates the evidence introduced at the hearing, and prepares a written finding of fact and decision, in accordance with the Law and established precedents.

Reviews decisions of other Appeals Referees for judgment, completion, and accuracy and consults with other Appeals Referees on matters relating to appeals.

Assists in the training of lower-level Appeals Referees, including training in decision-writing and the conduct of hearings.

Reviews and analyzes decisions for consistency, and advises Appeals Referees relative to trends in decisions and rulings.

Performs legal research on questions to law relating to the Employment Security program.

Exercises considerable judgment, discretion, and tact in the hearing of controversial matters and in the preparation of findings and decisions which may be appealed to the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission and courts, and must be supported by legally competent evidence in the record of the hearing.

Performs work independently, subject to general review by an administrative supervisor.

Performs other related work as assigned.

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(The following minimum qualifications will determine merit system eligibility. Allowable experience and education substitutions are provided in italics below the corresponding minimum qualification statement; no other substitutions will be permitted. These minimum qualifications may also be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.)

Graduation from a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association, and;

Two or more years of professional experience in the general practice of law, or equivalent legal or quasi-judicial work in a government agency.

(Admission to the Bar in any state in the United States will be accepted in lieu of graduation from an accredited law school.)

Special Requirements

Admission to the Missouri Bar by the State Board of Law Examiners, or admission to the Bar in any other state in the United States.

Please note that documentation that supports your eligibility (i.e. transcripts, employment records, etc.) may be required at any time during the application and hiring process. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications, please consider one of many other employment opportunities with the State of Missouri.

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Key Skills

Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?

Comprehensive knowledge of the general provisions and philosophy of the Employment Security program and of state and federal laws and policies pertaining to unemployment insurance and related fields.

Comprehensive knowledge of appeals rights, rules of evidence, and procedures as set forth in pertinent laws and administrative regulations pertaining to Employment Security.

Comprehensive knowledge of administrative law, and of the principles and practices to be followed in the conduct of quasi-judicial hearings and related legal proceedings.

Comprehensive knowledge of established precedents and policies regarding unemployment insurance.

Ability to evaluate, accurately and impartially, a variety of data and to prepare a sound and substantiated decision based on that evidence.

Ability to elicit competent evidence through the questioning of witnesses, and to control the proceedings in order to arrive at the essential facts of the case.

Ability to evaluate decisions prepared by others, and to offer constructive criticism.

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