The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

July 29, 2009
Schwarzenegger to unemployment board: Be more efficient

The Los Angeles Times reported this week that the Unemployment Insurance Board is dealing with a backlog of more than 82,500 cases of Californians who have appeals pending on their eligibility for checks.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's office sent us a letter he sent to the board late last night, urging them to be more efficient:

The Board's current backlog and resulting delay in resolving claims make it abundantly clear that these practices have not functioned in a manner that promotes the public's interests.  Allowing administrative law judges to work from their homes unreasonably restricts the type of work they are able to perform and renders them unavailable to respond to unemployed workers trying to resolve their claims.  Similarly, the artificial limitation on the number of cases which the administrative law judges may be assigned during a week deprives the Board of its ability to hear and resolve appeals or explore alternative scheduling processes that may yield greater efficiencies. 

He's asking them to eliminate the cap on their number of cases per work week and to stop working from home.

Read the press release and the letter by clicking here.

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