Assembly Republican Press Release -
Legislation Assemblyman Jay Webber sponsors to protect the state’s unemployment insurance system was approved by the Assembly today. The bill, S-2414/A-3155, implements a recommendation by the state auditor that the Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOLWD) review the procedures used to grant access to unemployment insurance data by personnel in the department.
“The purpose of this common sense, anti-fraud legislation is to eliminate costly errors and make taxpayers’ personal information more secure,” said Webber, R-Morris, Essex, and Passaic, who sits on the Assembly Labor Committee. “Under this bill, the department must keep updated its own protocols that grant access to the sensitive data it maintains. The state auditor’s recommendations are sound and practical and were positively received by DOLWD. Monitoring who should have access to this personal data helps ensure that taxpayers, businesses, and beneficiaries have their sensitive information secured and that the UI fund is protected from theft.”
Webber’s bill requires periodic reviews of the appropriateness of employees’ access to data, which reduces the risk of errors, misuse, or unauthorized alteration of information.