Legislation Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-26) sponsored to protect the state’s unemployment insurance system today won approval by the Assembly Labor Committee. The bill, A-3155, co-sponsored by Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo (D-14), implements a recommendation by the state auditor that the Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development (DOLWD) review the procedures used to grant access to unemployment insurance data by personnel in the department.
“Eliminating costly mistakes, whether intentional or not, is the purpose of this common sense, anti-fraud legislation,” said Webber. “Under the bill, the department will examine its own protocols that grant access to the sensitive data it maintains. The state auditor’s recommendations are sound and practical and were positively received by DOLWD. Monitoring who should have access to this personal data further ensures taxpayers, businesses and recipients are treated fairly and the UI fund is protected.”
Webber’s bill requires periodic reviews of the appropriateness of employees’ access to data which reduces the risk of errors, misuse or unauthorized alteration of information.