JAMES PONDER, APP V DIV OF EMPLOY SECURITY, RES

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In the Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District DIVISION FIVE JAMES PONDER, Claimant/Appellant, vs. DIVISION OF EMPLOYMENT SECURITY, Respondent. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) No. ED96893 Appeal from the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission OPINION FILED: August 16, 2011 James Ponder (Claimant) has filed a notice of appeal from the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission's (Commission) decision regarding his claim for unemployment benefits. The appeal is dismissed. Claimant filed a claim seeking unemployment benefits. A deputy of the Division of Employment Security (Division) concluded Claimant was not entitled to unemployment benefits because he had been discharged from employment due to misconduct connected with his work. Claimant appealed to the Appeals Tribunal of the Division, which dismissed his appeal after he failed to participate in the hearing. Claimant filed an application for review with the Commission. On April 22, 2011, the Commission affirmed the Appeals Tribunal s dismissal. Claimant appealed to this Court. The Division has filed a motion to dismiss Claimant s appeal, asserting it is untimely. Claimant has not filed a response to the motion. Chapter 288, RSMo governs unemployment matters and the procedures outlined in Chapter 288 for appeal are mandatory. Burch Food Services, Inc. v. Division of Employment Security, 945 S.W.2d 478, 481 (Mo. App. W.D. 1997). A notice of appeal to this Court in an unemployment matter is due within twenty days of the Commission s decision becoming final. Section 288.210, RSMo 2000. The Commission s decision becomes final ten days after it is mailed to the parties. Section 288.200.2, RSMo 2000. Here, the Commission mailed its decision to Claimant on April 22, 2011. Therefore, Claimant s notice of appeal to this Court was due on or before Monday, May 23, 2011. Sections 288.200.2, 288.210; section 288.240, RSMo 2000. Claimant mailed his notice of appeal to the Commission. The postmark on Claimant s envelope was June 4, 2011. Under section 288.240, any notice of appeal is deemed filed as of the date endorsed by the United States post office on the envelope. . . . Claimant s notice of appeal was deemed filed on June 4, 2011, which is untimely under section 288.210. Chapter 288 sets forth stringent guidelines for the filing of the notice of appeal and makes no provision for filing a late notice of appeal. Martinez v. Lea-Ed, Inc., 155 S.W.3d 809, 810 (Mo. App. E.D. 2005). The provisions for an order allowing a late notice of appeal as set forth in Supreme Court Rule 81.07 do not apply to special statutory proceedings, such as unemployment claims governed by Chapter 288. See, Holmes v. Navajo Freight Lines, Inc., 488 S.W.2d 311, 314-15 (Mo. App. 1972). Because Claimant s notice of appeal was untimely under Chapter 288, our only recourse is to dismiss Claimant s appeal. The Division s motion to dismiss is granted. The appeal is dismissed. __________________________________ KURT S. ODENWALD, CHIEF JUDGE ROBERT G. DOWD, JR., and GARY M. GAERTNER, JR., J., Concur. 2