Workers will still file unemployment claims as they have been. But with a new electronic system, the labor department will send an email to registered businesses when a worker files an unemployment claim. Then, companies can log in to a website to contest claims or explain why they let workers go.
Georgia will soon start paying back the hundreds of millions of dollars it owes the federal government for unemployment insurance. Come October 1st, $21 million in interest is due. The state is coming up with ways to pay back the principal balance, but the labor commissioner says the whole system needs an overhaul.
Tens of thousands of out of work Georgians stand to lose their unemployment insurance at the end of the month. U.S. House Democrats couldn’t get the majority to extend the benefits Thursday. Georgia Republicans opposed the measure.