Appeals board touts hard work, success

Published: Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 - 7:06 am

Re “Nice work if you could get it – but you can’t” (Editorials, Jan. 18): I’d like to set the record straight about the responsibilities of the members of the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, in light of The Bee's assertion that members merely have to show up for meetings once a month. During 2013, in addition to attending the public board meetings, the members reviewed and decided 28,962 cases. This work means each member decided an average of 58 cases a day. In addition, the board members establish precedent decisions, adopt annual budgets and oversee administrative operations for this statewide agency of more than 200 administrative law judges, who decided 381,352 initial appeals of determinations made by Employment Development Department. For the first time in several years, the agency also is meeting all federal performance standards for processing unemployment benefit appeals, and the U.S. Department of Labor is discontinuing corrective action requirements it had in place.

-- Robert Dresser, Sacramento, Chair, California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board

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