• Welcome from Paul T. Fitzgerald, Esq., Chairman

    Paul T. Fitzgerald
    Welcome to the Board of Review. With this website, we hope to help parties, their agents, attorneys, and representatives better understand the Board of Review's role in unemployment appeals. Approximately 3,000 appeals are submitted to the Board each year. Of those, we accept about a third for review. Our mission is to preserve each party's right to due process, to carefully apply the law to the facts, and to render fair decisions in every case that comes before the Board.
  • Our Process

    The process begins after the Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) makes a determination as to a person's eligibility for unemployment benefits, employment tax status, or related unemployment issue...
  • Filing an Application with the Board of Review

    A party may appeal a decision issued by the DUA Hearings Department, by filing an application for review with the Board of Review within 30 days of the date of the DUA Hearings Department decision...
  • Board Members and Staff

  • Board of Review Decisions

    The Board of Review decisions available on this website have been selected for posting because, in the Board’s opinion, they contain significant issues, create new precedent, or may provide useful guidance to parties and their representatives.

    The public is welcome to examine the hard copies of these and all other Board decisions in person at our office at 19 Stanford Street in Boston during business hours. Photocopies will be provided at a cost of $ .20 per page, payable only with a check or money order payable to the “Commonwealth of Massachusetts." Individual Board decisions, identified by docket number, are also available upon request.

    The categories in the margin are only for the convenience of organizing this index. They are not intended to carry any legal significance. For privacy reasons, identifying information has been redacted.

    (Although only a limited number of decisions are currently available on the website, the Board will be posting additional cases on an on-going basis.)



  • Public Comments

    Treating the subject of alcoholism in unemployment cases.