A state law passed last spring has moved South Carolina out of compliance with federal standards in paying unemployment benefits in a timely fashion. Federal guidelines say states should pay 87 percent of their claims within 21 days. However, data from the U.S. Department of Labor indicates that South Carolina was paying 69.3 percent of its claims within 21 days in September.
A law passed by the state legislature in April gives businesses 12 business days to issue their unemployment claim reports to the Department of Labor and Workforce. Sen. Greg Ryburg (R-Aiken) says the 12 day period is too long. Ryberg, chairman of the Senate Labor, Commerce, and Industry committee says steps are being taken Thursday to amend the bill.
Ryberg says a proposed amendment to the law would give businesses 10 calendar days to issue unemployment claim reports.