|Posted:||December 2, 2020 12:02 PM|
|From:||Representative Barbara Gleim|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Expanding the Unemployment Compensation Department Under an Emergency Disaster Order (Former HB2393)|
|I intend to re-introduce legislation that will make the expansion of the Department of Labor and Industry’s Unemployment Compensation Department an automatic process upon the enactment of an Emergency Disaster Order under Title 35, commensurate upon need. Our legislation will provide security and peace of mind to unemployed workers, due to no fault of their own, that they will be able to file and receive payment in an expeditious way during a statewide emergency disaster.
Many of us continue to receive numerous complaints and concerns from constituents who have not received their unemployment compensation or their compensatoin is being held up for reasons of which they are unaware.
The current Administration waited for Federal Stimulus monies to arrive, before hiring an additional 100 employees for the L&I Department to handle unemployment compensation claims. The timeline between the enactment of the emergency order and the increase in support has created a secondary health crisis by not paying our laid-off workers in a timely fashion, thrusting these Pennsylvanians into poverty. This is morally unconscionable and the process needs to be changed.
Please consider cosponsoring this important legislation.
Previous Co-sponsors: RYAN, KEEFER, JAMES, B. MILLER, ZIMMERMAN,
DONATUCCI, THOMAS, MACKENZIE, HILL-EVANS, SAYLOR, MIZGORSKI
Introduced as HB535