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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 1997
Re "Political Briefing: Between Gigs," Dec. 20. Regarding Congressman James Rogan's comments in your column, "I was giving some thought to going down and collecting my unemployment, which I have been paying into for 20 years." First, someone should explain to Rogan that employees like himself never pay a dime into unemployment insurance. I would expect more knowledge on state-administrated programs from a former state legislator. Second, Rogan needn't feel bad that he has never drawn unemployment.
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NEWS
March 19, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - A bipartisan bill to extend unemployment insurance for more than 2 million jobless Americans is poised to clear the Senate next week, but House Speaker John A. Boehner is raising new concerns that it could be costly for states to administer and could lead to fraud. Boehner's objections echo warnings from the National Assn. of State Workforce Agencies, which has repeatedly urged Congress not to attach cumbersome new eligibility requirements. States have "antiquated" computer systems that cannot quickly implement new rules, the group warned Wednesday, and may end up giving aid to those who are ineligible.
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BUSINESS
November 5, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
A report released Tuesday by the National Employment Law Project blames chronic underfunding by the federal government for problems with states' unemployment insurance programs that include extensive backlogs and outdated, unreliable systems. State unemployment insurance programs, which receive federal funding for administrative costs, were put to the test during the Great Recession, NELP said. Before the recession, about 2.5 million people were collecting unemployment benefits but that figure jumped to 10 million at its peak.  NELP found that state unemployment programs use technologies that are 26 years old on average and that most state systems rely on antiquated programming languages.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- Initial jobless claims unexpectedly fell last week to 315,000, the lowest level since November, as the labor market showed signs of emerging from a winter chill. The number of first-time claims for unemployment benefits was down from 324,000 the previous week, the Labor Department said. Economists had projected claims to increase to 330,000. The four-week average fell by 6,250 last week to 330,500. PHOTOS: Federal Reserve chairs through the years Claims have been volatile this winter since falling to near a six-year low in late November as severe weather has forced some businesses to temporarily close.
BUSINESS
February 7, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Citing "unacceptable levels of of payment delays and unanswered calls," Gov. Jerry Brown's administration has ordered the Employment Development Department to hire additional staff, overhaul its phone system and add IT staff to fix problems with its unemployment insurance program.  In a letter to the EDD's chief deputy director Sharon Hilliard, Labor Secretary David Lanier said that despite the EDD's best efforts, technical problems with a...
BUSINESS
October 25, 2011 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
California has borrowed $11 billion from the federal government in recent years to prop up its insolvent unemployment insurance fund. The loans kept benefits flowing to millions of laid-off workers, but now the bill is coming due. The state recently sent $303.6 million to Washington, the first of what could be many years of interest payments required to service its debt to Uncle Sam. It will have to pony up at least a half-billion dollars in...
BUSINESS
March 11, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- A Republican state senator has put on hold his request for a formal audit of the state's troubled unemployment insurance program. Sen. Anthony Cannella of Ceres said he took the action after meeting with representatives of the administration of Gov. Jerry Brown. "I have been assured that the EDD (Employment Development Department) has the resources to remedy the problems the people of California experienced in receiving unemployment insurance payments over the past year," Cannella said.
BUSINESS
July 28, 1992 | RON GALPERIN
Home buyers are a nervous lot these days--and who can blame them? Property values have been falling while unemployment rates have been rising. In fact, in June California had an unemployment rate of 9.5%--higher than the national rate--and the San Fernando Valley has been hit hard with defense-industry layoffs. Insurance companies, lenders and real estate agents are stepping into the fray and offering policies that cover a homeowner's mortgage payments in the event of a layoff.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 1993 | From a Times Staff Writer
Assembly Speaker Willie Brown on Thursday appointed former Assemblyman Tom Bane (D-Tarzana) to a $92,500-a-year seat on the state Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, one of the highest paid jobs in state government. Bane, 79, who retired last year after 24 years in the Assembly, was chairman of the powerful Rules Committee. With his wife, Marlene, he was a key fund-raiser for Brown (D-San Francisco), particularly in the San Fernando Valley.
BUSINESS
March 10, 1991 | CATHERINE COLLINS, CATHERINE COLLINS is a Washington writer
After years of talking about it, Congress may soon roll up its sleeves and work to reform the unemployment insurance system, which currently ministers to less than half the country's unemployed. The Senate Labor Committee and the Senate-House Joint Economic Committee have held hearings. And after holding his own series of hearings, Rep. Thomas J. Downey (D-N.Y.), acting chairman of the subcommittee on human resources, will be first off the block when he introduces a reform bill Monday.
NEWS
March 13, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- Key senators struck a bipartisan agreement Thursday to extend unemployment insurance for more than 2 million jobless Americans whose benefits have run out, though approval is not certain in the Republican-controlled House. The proposal for a five-month continuation of benefits faces a likely filibuster by tea party conservatives in the Senate, pushing votes until later this month after Congress returns from a weeklong recess. But with five Republican senators joining Democrats in Thursday's agreement, passage in the Senate is expected.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - California's deficit-plagued unemployment insurance program missed out on more than half a billion dollars in federal money in recent years when state officials failed to take advantage of a new federal program. The California state auditor said Thursday that all the Employment Development Department needed to do was invest about $323,000 in computer software modifications to recoup $516 million in money overpaid to people getting jobless benefits between February 2011 and September 2014.
BUSINESS
March 11, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- A Republican state senator has put on hold his request for a formal audit of the state's troubled unemployment insurance program. Sen. Anthony Cannella of Ceres said he took the action after meeting with representatives of the administration of Gov. Jerry Brown. "I have been assured that the EDD (Employment Development Department) has the resources to remedy the problems the people of California experienced in receiving unemployment insurance payments over the past year," Cannella said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2014 | By Anthony York
Gov. Jerry Brown is taking steps to boost the state's unemployment insurance program, which has been paralyzed by backlogs and funding shortages that have kept thousands of Californians from receiving jobless benefits.   In a letter to Employment Development Department Director Sharon Hilliard, the head of Brown's labor agency cited “unacceptable levels of payment delays and unanswered phone calls” for those seeking unemployment benefits from the state. “It's clear that to improve service we must retain skilled staff and hire additional workers,” wrote Labor Secretary David Lanier.
BUSINESS
February 7, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Citing "unacceptable levels of of payment delays and unanswered calls," Gov. Jerry Brown's administration has ordered the Employment Development Department to hire additional staff, overhaul its phone system and add IT staff to fix problems with its unemployment insurance program.  In a letter to the EDD's chief deputy director Sharon Hilliard, Labor Secretary David Lanier said that despite the EDD's best efforts, technical problems with a...
BUSINESS
January 30, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- Initial jobless claims surprisingly jumped last week to near 350,000 but remained at a level consistent with moderate labor market growth. The number of people filing for first-time unemployment benefits rose to 348,000, up sharply from the previous week's revised figure of 329,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. Economists had expected about 327,000 new jobless claims last week. The unusually cold weather in much of the country could have contributed to the increase.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 1996
In 1990, when California voters approved the Joint Venture Program to allow businesses to hire inmates to work while they were in prison, the intention was not to create an undeserved employment benefit. This March, voters will have a chance to close the loophole in the law by voting yes on Proposition 194. When the initial proposition was passed, it seemed a good idea to allow hiring in prisons because it meant keeping inmates busy and productive and it taught them a skill.
NATIONAL
January 14, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - A $1-trillion spending bill was headed for swift approval in the House by Wednesday, but legislation to extend unemployment insurance stalled in the Senate amid partisan bickering, dashing hopes for a quick deal to resume jobless benefits. Though negotiations continue, it appears increasingly unlikely that a compromise will be reached quickly to help the more than 1.4 million Americans who have been cut off from their unemployment benefits. An additional 72,000 Americans lose their insurance every week.
NEWS
January 10, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- Friday's weak jobs report could provide momentum in Congress for extending unemployment insurance, despite the continued objections of most Republicans who believe that government intervention distorts the market and provides a disincentive to work. Democratic leaders seized on the disappointing jobs numbers as the Senate prepares to try again on Monday to advance legislation that would provide unemployment aid to more than 1.3 million out-of-work Americans whose benefits have run out. A handful of Republicans are needed to push the stalled bill forward, and senators from economically hard-hit states, particularly in the Midwest and Northeast, may be especially sensitive to Friday's showing.
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