The Californian: California State Senator John Laird Introduces Legislation Recommended by the State Auditor to Improve the Employment Development Department (EDD)

SACRAMENTO – Last week, State Senator John Laird (D – Santa Cruz), who serves as the Vice Chair of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, revealed SB 390. This bill will require the Employment Development Department (EDD) to establish, and routinely revise, a recession plan to ensure the department can rapidly, and efficiently respond to an increase of claims due to an economic downturn. The recession plan will contain procedures, practices, and protocols to ensure the department is better equipped to handle an increased workload due to an economic downturn. This legislation reflects the recommendations of the State Auditor’s report of the department and urges the rapid implementation of a recession plan, as Californians deserve much-needed assistance now.

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