Uncategorized

Court of Appeals temporarily stops release of unemployment appeal notices

Lawyers who practice in the area of unemployment appeals will no longer be able to obtain copies of appeal notices from the Division of Employment Security, at least pending resolution by the Court of Appeals of a case pitting Durham unemployment attorney Monica Wilson against the division.

Wilson, who had been picking up copies of those notices on a daily basis for years, argued before Wake County Superior Court Judge Paul Ridgeway that those records constituted public records to which she was entitled. Getting them as they were issued enabled her to reach out to claimants and offer legal representation in a timely fashion.

But the division, which had recently restricted the practice, said that continuing the practice would be a violation of a recent U.S. Department of Labor cease and desist letter.  The Department expressed concerns that by releasing the appeal notices DES may have been disclosing confidential information.

Judge Ridgeway agreed with Wilson and in an order issued in March blocked enforcement of any new DES restriction, allowing the practice to continue.

Yesterday, though, the Court of Appeals halted the practice, pending a resolution of an appeal by DES.

Read more about the case here.

Check Also

State Supreme Court rules retroactive application of teacher tenure repeal is unconstitutional

The state Supreme Court ruled unanimously today that ...

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

A national civil rights group will intervene on behalf of its clients in the lawsuit that led to the [...]

Since PFAS are unregulated, no public notification is required. Food packaging could be a source of [...]

WASHINGTON — Toward the end of his life, the late U.S. Rep. John Dingell Jr. reportedly asked his wi [...]

Stench and flies. Noise and traffic. Waste flowing into waterways. Manure-infused spray. Complaints [...]

For over two decades, North Carolina has systematically violated the constitutional rights of its ch [...]

Last December I condemned the UNC–Chapel Hill Board of Trustees (BOT) proposal to literally enshrine [...]

The Trump administration recently revealed how it is going to take away food from nearly 700,000 Ame [...]

Nine years ago in this space, Policy Watch reported on one of the most consistently pernicious aspec [...]