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House of Representatives
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: January 27, 2015 09:28 AM
From: Representative Jerry Knowles
To: All House members
Subject: Unemployment Compensation (Previously HB 393)
In the near future, I will be re-introducing legislation which would amend the Unemployment Compensation Law with respect to recordkeeping procedures and audio recording dissemination.

Under current law, when an initial eligibility determination is appealed before an Unemployment Compensation referee, a memorandum of the testimony must be made and preserved for a period of 90 days. The law does not explicitly state, however, that a party involved in the appeal has any right to review the aforementioned testimony and secure a copy of the transcript and audio.

My legislation will require that the testimony at any hearing before an Unemployment Compensation referee be taken by a reporter and recording device, and that an unabridged transcript or audio recording of the testimony be made available, at cost, to any party upon written request. The legislation also extends this requirement to appeals heard by the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review.

I am introducing this bill in response to a situation where an employer was denied access to an audio recording of an unemployment compensation appeal hearing of one of her former employees. I believe all parties to a hearing should have access to an unabridged transcript should they so desire. My legislation will explicitly prescribe a method and means to do just that. It is my understanding that nothing prevented Labor and Industry from giving her an audio recording, but did not do so, since they were not required by law.

Previous co-sponsors include:

Introduced as HB319