The Georgia Department of Labor has settled a lawsuit over the payment of unemployment claims during the pandemic.
Georgia House Democrats are calling on Republican Labor Commissioner Mark Butler to press pause on a new online portal that requires legislators to sign a confidentiality agreement to obtain unemployment information about constituents who ask for help securing benefits.
The Georgia Department of Labor is paying more than $6.6 million a year for 21 career centers that have been closed to the public since March 2020, according to leases maintained by the State Properties Commission.
The Southern Poverty Law Center and an Atlanta-based law firm have filed a class action lawsuit against the Georgia Department of Labor and Commissioner Mark Butler over the long delays suffered by some out-of-work Georgians during the pandemic.
The Georgia Department of Labor started paying out unemployment benefits last week through the new federal COVID-19 relief legislation even as a group of unemployed Georgians sued the agency to speed up checks.
State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says 2019 was another banner year for Georgia with increases in jobs, workforce and employed residents. Year-end...