July 30, 2009 |
Stung by criticism, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger blasted his administration's Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, plagued by a massive backlog in handling appeals of jobless Californians denied unemployment compensation. The board has blamed the governor's policies for at least part of an 82,500-case pileup, citing state-ordered work furloughs for its employees. Now Schwarzenegger is firing back, saying board staff members, including judges, are not working hard enough.
February 6, 2009
Re "Jobless benefit appeals pile up," Feb. 2 I am outraged by the eagerness to blame the past California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board administration for the deluge of unemployment appeals. Yes, there is an enormous backlog of cases. But to scapegoat the previous head of the organization is disingenuous, if not a political ploy by highly paid, inexperienced appointees trying to escape blame for their lack of understanding of the process. With respect to resolving cases within 30 days, the appeals board often does not receive a case until that deadline is close or has even passed.
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February 15, 2013 |
A state lawmaker wants to end the practice of using the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board as a soft-landing pad for former legislators. Assemblywoman Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) has introduced legislation prohibiting a former member of the Legislature from joining the board for two years after leaving office. AB 263 also would limit the pay of board members to the salary received by members of the Assembly - currently $90,526. Her proposal comes a month after Assemblyman Michael Allen (D-Santa Rosa)
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April 28, 1993 |
An unusual jury verdict handed down Tuesday ordered the state of California to reinstate a disabled administrative law judge who lost her job when she was permanently assigned to work in Van Nuys--even though her doctor said it was too far for her to travel from her house in Northridge. Eve Cohen, 52, alleged discrimination in a lawsuit filed against the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board when she lost her job of 18 1/2 years.
October 22, 2010 |
A federal judge has certified two separate class-action lawsuits against grocery chains Ralphs and Albertsons ? advancing a legal fight between the retailers and 9,000 workers who claim they were illegally denied millions of dollars in benefits during the 2003-04 grocery lockout and strike. FOR THE RECORD: Grocery lawsuit: An article in the Oct. 23 Business section about two separate class-action lawsuits being certified against grocery chains Ralphs and Albertsons said a federal judge had certified the cases.
July 28, 2009 |
California is so slow in handling appeals from workers denied unemployment benefits that it may take years to catch up, state officials say. And the backlog is getting worse. With unemployment now at 11.6% in California and rising, there is a record backlog of more than 82,500 Californians who have appeals pending on their eligibility for checks of as much as $475 a week. At the same time, the state is about to furlough for three days a month the judges and support staff who handle the appeals.