Pennsylvania

PA groups hope for transparency, accessibility in the unemployment system

Pennsylvania’s next governor should make the state’s unemployment compensation system more transparent and accessible, ensure that benefits are paid more promptly, increase the state’s call center staffing and make other changes to help unemployed people get timely help, according to a left-leaning report released today. -a policy and advocacy group for the unemployed.

Activists gathered outside the governor’s office in downtown Pittsburgh to call attention to a report titled “Unemployment Insurance Program for Pennsylvania’s Next Governor.” Governor-elect Josh Shapiro, a Democrat from Montgomery County, will take office in January.

Among the suggestions in the report:

  • Appoint a qualifying team to review the system and make recommendations to help people who still owe pandemic benefits
  • Appoint the unemployed in the state UC Advisory Board
  • Require a Pandemic Due Diligence Status Report
  • Restore personal services and hire sufficient staff for call centers

The document, released by the Keystone Research Center, also recommends expanding the number of people eligible for unemployment benefits and increasing the amount of benefits unemployed people can receive.
During the pandemic, the state’s unemployment benefit system struggled a large number of calls, due to which the unemployed did not reach the employees of the Ministry of Labor and Industry, long delays in receiving benefitsand shortage of personnelamong other questions.

https://www.wesa.fm/politics-government/2022-11-29/advocates-ask-josh-shapiro-to-fix-pa-s-unemployment-system

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