This weeks State Worker column looks at a plan to eliminate 50 adjudicating law judge positions at the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board in a few months. The judges, who decide winners and losers when a claim is disputed, say the plan would stretch their ranks too thin and would plunge the state back into noncompliance with federal standards for turning around cases.
Board members made it clear at the panels Tuesday hearing that none of them would talk about it, despite statements by judges from around the state. After making a few calls, we received this letter from board Executive Director Elena Gonzales, which lays out a case for the layoffs. We are publishing it here.