A bill to reform the Employment Security Commission has been introduced in the South Carolina House. House leaders say it is a package to reduce costs, increase oversight of the Commission, and better connect unemployed workers with job opportunities.
House Speaker Bobby Harrell says the Employment Security Commission needs to be reformed from a check writing agency to a job placement agency. Over the past year ESC officials have asserted that they are doing what they can to connect workers with jobs.
The bill is being called “Immediate Action ESC Reform.” Harrell says a complete, more detailed restructuring of the ESC will be a priority for the House this year.
The immediate reforms proposed include restricting state payouts to employees fired for gross misconduct such as fighting, theft, and illegal drug use. The measure would also restrict claims filed by employers that have cost the system more than they have paid in.
It would share with the Budget and Control Board data from state agencies that help the state’s unemployed train and find jobs.
Furthermore, the ESC would have to increase fraud and abuse investigations and submit both internal and federal reviews of Commissioner decisions to state lawmakers.