Guilty until proven innocent:
DES assistant secretary Dale Folwell says the old system invited overpayment. Of 181,000 unemployment claims filed in 2012, employers challenged 64,000 – more than a third – arguing workers quit or were fired for cause. However, by that time, the state already started paying on the unresolved cases.
“Why would we start loading money on the debit card of North Carolina for those people who are eligible for benefits before we hear back from the employer about what happened?” Folwell said.
No, the question is: moving into the sixth year of a devastating recession, when employers have been laying off tens of thousands of workers per year and employees have been desperately holding on to the jobs they have, how can you look at that 64,000 number without saying, "Bullshit." Do you honestly believe that a third of those workers quit or were fired for screwing up? You want to punish somebody for overworking the department, start looking at stats on individual employers. If a business has a high percent of quit/fired, they're either trying to defraud the DES, or they're horribly abusing their employees. It ain't rocket science.