Luis Rodriguez fills out some forms at the California Employment Development Department office in Sacramento. AP Images
California lawmakers want an audit of the state unemployment agency to explain why so many unemployment insurance claims are being denied.
A legislative committee is directing the state auditor to look at a variety of concerns with the California Employment Development Department, since they say more than half of EDD caseworkers' initial denials of claims are later overturned by administrative judges.
"We're going to be looking at the number of UI appeals that were submitted by UI claimants and to determine the percentage of successful appeals," said Margarita Fernández, with the state auditor's office.
Reportedly, more than half of EDD caseworkers' initial denials of claims are later overturned by administrative judges.
EDD spokeswoman Patti Roberts says the agency understands the reason for this audit. She says the EDD is supportive of finding ways to avoid unnecessary appeals.