What Happens After the Hearing?
After the hearing, the Administrative Law Judge will review the testimony from the parties, some of which may be conflicting as to the facts. The Administrative Law Judge may also take into account the demeanor of the parties and their witnesses, that is, the manner in which they presented testimony and answered questions, and the consistency of a witness's testimony. This may help the Administrative Law Judge in determining the credibility (believability) of the parties and witnesses.
Based on these factors, the Administrative Law Judge will make findings of fact, which will be included in the written decision. In addition, the Administrative Law Judge will decide how the unemployment compensation law applies to the facts of the case, and the Administrative Law Judge's decision will contain a conclusion of law. The most important factor the Administrative Law Judge will use in making his or her decision is this: HAS THE PARTY WITH THE BURDEN OF PROOF SUCCESSFULLY MET THAT BURDEN?
The Administrative Law Judge's decision will usually be issued within 60 days from the date of the hearing, and may be appealed to the Michigan Employment Security Board of Review by any losing party. The last page of the decision includes information about how to appeal. It is also possible to request a rehearing before the Administrative Law Judge, but this will be granted at the discretion of the Administrative Law Judge, based on the reason stated in the request for rehearing.
The Administrative Law Judge cannot talk about the case to a party, before or after the hearing, because this would be unfair to the absent party. Thus, the Administrative Law Judge cannot take a party's telephone call. The Administrative Law Judge's office can answer questions about the scheduling of the case or issuance of the decision.