Gov. Mark Sanford is expected to name an interim director of the new Department of Employment and Workforce Tuesday afternoon(2pm).
A new law, signed into effect last month, will make the former three-member Employment Security Commission an appellate body that will hear unemployment cases. The commission previously oversaw the agency and hired its director.
The new cabinet-level department was created following an audit that criticized the Employment Security Commission. The Workforce Department will undergo periodic audits and provide regular reports on employment trends and the Unemployment Trust Fund’s balance. The new law now prohibits the agency from giving unemployment benefits in instances where a worker has been guilty of gross misconduct.
The interim director of the Workforce Department will maintain the position until the next governor is elected. The new governor can appoint a new director who can keep the position for at least 4 years.
Republicans say the new law allows the governor to manage the agency like a business.