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Filing An Appeal
Filing and Appeal with SPBR

How to File an Appeal

To file an appeal with the State Personnel Board of Review, an individual must provide written information indicating:  

  • Individual's Contact Information
    • Name
    • Address
    • Telephone number
  • Employer's Contact Information
    • Name
    • Address
    • Telephone number
  • A general outline of the action being appealed 

Appellants are required to notify the Board in writing of any change in their address during the pendency of their appeal.

Filing Methods

Appeals and other documents may be filed with SPBR in the following ways:

  • In person
  • Mail
  • Fax  (614) 466-6539
  • Email  spbr@spbr.ohio.gov
    (Note: If you file materials electronically, please do not file an additional paper copy.)  

For additional questions, please contact the State Personnel Board of Review at (614) 466-7046.

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Requirements for Document Filing 

  1. SPBR’s preferred method of filing for all pleadings, motions, briefs, memoranda of law, and other documents is through the SPBR electronic filing system via the designated email address spbr@spbr.ohio.gov.  See Ohio Administrative Code Section 124-11-09.  However, appeals and other documents may also be filed with SPBR in the following ways:

(a)    In person, delivered to SPBR’s offices located at 65 East State Street, 12th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215; or

(b)    U.S. Mail or courier service delivered to the SPBR’s offices; or by

(c)    Fax (614) 466-6539.

Notice Regarding Redacting Protected Personally Identifiable Information (PII)

  1. Any individual or legal representative who files documents (a “filing party”) to be recorded on the case docket of an appeal shall not include Protected Personally Identifiable Information (“PII”) in the document.  If Protected PII appears in a document, the filing party shall redact the personal data and identifiers from the document prior to filing it with SPBR.
  2. Protected PII includes, but is not limited to:

(a)    Self-identifying information; (e.g., social security number; date of birth; driver’s license)

(b)    Financial account numbers; (e.g., bank account, credit card, or other financial account)

(c)    Medical information (e.g., information protected by HIPPA, personal health information, health plans, etc.)

(d)    Information protected by law from public disclosure

  1. Although the documents will undergo an internal review, responsibility for redacting Protected PII rests solely with the filing party
  2. If Protected PII must be included because it is relevant to the proceeding, the filing party must clearly notify SPBR of the confidential nature of the filing by submitting or filing the document as a separate electronic filing or fax, and by including the word “CONFIDENTIAL” on the subject line of the filing email or fax, or by enclosing such material in a separately sealed envelope delivered to SPBR with the word “CONFIDENTIAL” on the outside of the envelope.  Documents marked as confidential shall not be made a part of the record of the case until they have been reviewed by SPBR and/or the SPBR Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”), who shall determine what restrictions on access, if any, shall be imposed.  As a condition for granting access to Protected PII, SPBR and/or the ALJ may require that parties execute a Protective Order restricting further dissemination of such information.