BC-VA--Employment Commission Study

May 4, 2021 GMT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Legislators don’t want to wait until fall for a report on the Virginia Employment Commission’s progress in processing unemployment claims.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission will study problems the employment commission has encountered during the pandemic. It faced an increase in claims because of pandemic job losses and additional federal assistance in response.

At a legislative commission meeting Monday, Sen. Jeremy McPike, a Prince William County Democrat, called it a “fundamental failure” when people need action and aren’t getting it.

Delegate Ken Plum, the commission’s chairman, assured McPike and other members that staff will update them before study findings are scheduled to be presented on Nov. 15. The Fairfax County Democrat says he expects progress “along the way” at the employment commission.