I have spend about 30 minutes scouring the UI Code and the CUIAB regulations and I do not see anything that suggests you must pay the assessment as a condition precedent to perfecting an appeal to the CUIAB. What I do see is that UI Code 1224
makes every ALJ decision final and UI Code 1135 adds a 10% penalty to the assessment if not paid before the 30-day expiaration date on which an appeals petition to the CUIAB is filed.
In other words, if you file the petition before the 30-day expiration, then the ALJ decision is not final and no assessment is due.
Note: There isn't a lot of scholarly treatises concerning these administrative actions, and the laws and regulations are hard to find. So, my answer here may be missing something. But, the statutory law preempts any regulation, and my reading of UI Code 1224
seems to indicate that you are not required to pay anything as long as your appeal is filed before the end of the 30-day expiration period.
Please let me know if I can clarify or assist you further.
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