A Wake County Superior Court judge has granted a preliminary injunction that requires the North Carolina Division of Employment Security (DES) to continue making hearing notices about contested unemployment claims available as it has done for the past decade.
The case pitted Durham attorney Monica Wilson against Dale Folwell, head of the state Division of Employment Security. Last month, Folwell abruptly advised attorneys that after February 28 they would no longer be able to pick up the hearing notices on a daily basis. Instead, notices would be mailed out three times a month at a cost of $600 per month, which was twice the amount the agency previously charged.
Judge Paul Ridgeway ruled Thursday:
Click here to read the full preliminary injunction. For more background on this story, read Policy Watch reporter Sharon McCloskey’s piece from earlier this week Gaming the system at the Division of Employment Security.