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Opportunities Exist to Increase the Accountability and Independence of the Board of Review (March 2016)

Summary

Session Law 2015-238 directed PED to study the value of the Board of Review, the entity that hears higher authority appeals of unemployment benefit determinations. PED found that elimination of the higher authority appeals function or the Board would not result in any General Fund savings and that both the function and the entity provide benefits. However, the Board is dependent on Division of Employment Security (DES) staff, lacks policies and procedures, and does not track necessary data. The General Assembly should transfer staff from DES to the Board; direct the Board to develop policies and procedures; and direct DES to work with the Board to track and collect necessary data.

Final Report

Executive Summary

Presentation

Recommendations

Relevant Legislation:

  • House Bill 22/Senate Bill 44 (2017–18): An act to enhance the independence and efficiency of the Board of Review, as recommended by the Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee.
  • House Bill 961/Senate Bill 781 (2015–16): An act to enhance the independence and efficiency of the Board of Review, as recommended by the Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee. This legislation was not enacted.

Agency Actions:

Press Coverage:

    PED Contact:

    Program Evaluation Division, North Carolina General Assembly
    Legislative Office Building, Suite 100
    300 North Salisbury Street , Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
    919-301-1404