5/5/20 – Problems with the Unemployment Compensation System

VIDEO: Joint hearing of the Senate Communications & Technology Committee and the Senate Labor & Industry Committee to examine the problems with the Unemployment Compensation (UC) system that have created significant delays in assistance and extreme frustrations from claimants.

Some of the topics discussed during the hearing included:

*The number of claimants who have applied for benefits and have not yet received payments.

*The Department of Labor and Industry’s early efforts to plan for the influx of claims and increased call volumes during the pandemic.

*The troubled roll-out of the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program.

*How the hundreds of millions of dollars of funding for UC computer and technology upgrades authorized by the General Assembly was used to actually improve the system.

*The timeline for the hundreds of thousands of outstanding claims to be processed.

*How getting more employers and employees back to work will impact the UC system.