The Hearing is a more formal proceeding held before the same Administrative Judge who presided at the Conference. Massachusetts Rules of Evidence will apply and sworn testimony is taken. Witnesses are called and cross-examined by the opposing party. A stenographer records the proceedings.

The judge will render a final decision as a result of the Hearing in which he or she will either award benefits or not. The decision can be appealed to the Reviewing Board by either party on an Appeal to Reviewing Board - Form 112. This appeal can only be made of the party contends that the judge made an error or law in issuing their decision or during the Hearing. The appeal must be received within 30 calendar days from the date of the Hearing decision. There is an appeal fee equal to 30% of the State Average Weekly Wage in place at the time of the appeal. The fee may be waived by filing an Affidavit in Support of Request for Waiver of Filing Fee Under § 11C - Form 112A.