Carol Vigne Answers Critical Questions on Unemployment Benefits and Pandemic Assistance

Carol Vigne ('07), director of Legal Aid's Wage Protection Program and senior staff attorney, was consulted by The New York Times "California Today" series for a Q&A regarding the process of applying for unemployment benefits and pandemic benefit eligibility ("Where Are Your Jobless Benefits?" May 7). "Typically, it takes three weeks to process a claim for unemployment insurance benefits and issue payment to eligible workers. Under the crush of millions of applications, we were expecting to see significant delays, but given temporary directives to streamline the processing of applications and not require ongoing certification, many workers are still seeing their payments within this timeline."