FILED: New Complaint against the Department of Labor (DOL) Underscores Unemployment Insurance (UI) Failures

NEW YORK— The National Center for Law and Economic Justice (NCLEJ) sued the DOL for its continuing failure to comply with its legal obligation to produce responsive unemployment insurance (UI) records. The complaint was filed on Friday, December 17, and was served today. 

Governor Hochul promised a new era of transparency for New York, but the DOL continues to ignore its basic obligations to provide information to the public. The DOL is blocking information that is essential to ensuring that all eligible New Yorkers have prompt access to UI,” commented NCLEJ Attorney Katharine Deabler, who has been working on this case. 

Throughout the pandemic, New Yorkers have experienced unprecedented delays and administrative hurdles to obtaining unemployment compensation, with some of the greatest burden falling on New Yorkers with limited English proficiency. 

On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) was enacted by the federal government, creating and funding a number of programs including Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (“PUA”) and Pandemic Extended Unemployment Compensation (“PEUC”). The COVID-19 pandemic caused an economic disruption of historic proportions, leading to skyrocketing claims for unemployment compensation.  

With the pending holiday around the corner, NCLEJ urges immediate attention to ensure the release of this information and that no individual or family is denied unemployment insurance, at this time when the pandemic continues to create uncertainty on many workers.  

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