The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

July 30, 2009
Unemployment board gets another nudge to clear backlog

If Wednesday's letter from the governor wasn't enough, the director of the Department of Personnel Administration sent a note Thursday to remind the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board to clear a backlog of more than 80,000 cases.

Read the DPA letter by clicking here.

It details how a self-directed furlough plan should be used.

For some background, read the blog entry or story in the paper. Basically, more than 200 administrative law judges hear and give opinions on about 25 cases a week. As pressure mounts to clear the backlog, judges worry about the compromise between being more efficient and not giving a case the full attention it deserves.

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Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


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