Vermont would be particularly hard hit by the layoffs. More than 1,100 Vermonters are due to be furloughed without pay for at least 30 days
More than 1,500 employees are expected to receive word of the action, which is prompted by the budgetary crisis at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Scott announced Friday that he had promoted Michael Harrington to serve as the labor department’s commissioner. He had served as interim commissioner since 2019.
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After an initial spike, the number of new claims is down for the sixth week in a row.
While some continue to wait to receive any payments at all, others who had started receiving benefits had their payments stop.
The restrictive format for these lengthy sessions provides no opportunity for an extended colloquy around an unclear statement or important revelation.
Though there are valid reasons for the problems with the state’s unemployment system, some creative problem-solving would have helped.
After weeks of being overwhelmed by a claims logjam, Commissioner Michael Harrington says thousands of claims have been cleared and caller wait time is down.
Despite the addition of dozens of new call center employees, laid-off workers report continued difficulty in getting through to sort out issues barring them from receiving benefits.
Some self-employed claimants are being blocked as they file for unemployment insurance through the state’s new system.
The agency has promised that the application process will be in place by Thursday morning at the latest, with payments being made within a day or two of successful filing.
The Department of Labor cleared a backlog of nearly 32,000 claims over the weekend, but checks will be in the mail Monday to the 8,384 people whose issues weren’t resolved.
If the Department of Labor system isn’t accepting unemployment claims properly by Saturday night, Gov. Phil Scott says the state will start sending $1,200 to people who have been unable to get through online and by phone.