Calif. unemployment board fires top administrator |

Calif. unemployment board fires top administrator

SACRAMENTO — The head of the state board that considers unemployment appeals by California residents has been fired.

The Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board voted 4-1 Tuesday to fire chief administrative law judge Jay Arcellana.

It cited a significant backlog and what it says was a deliberate delay in issuing decisions.

Rick Rice, chairman of the appeals board, says federal standards call for handling 60 percent of unemployment cases within 30 days.

California resolves only 6 percent of its cases in that period and has a backlog of more than 46,000 cases.

Arcellana says the board met alternate federal guidelines for hearing cases. He denies there was a deliberate delay in issuing decisions.

His firing comes despite a state senator’s request that the board wait for an independent audit to be completed in October before acting.

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