Unemployment Insurance Hearing: November 16, 2020

On November 16 at 3:00pm, Councilmember Silverman will hold a public hearing before the Committee on B23-985 the Unemployment Benefits Extension Amendment Act of 2020.

On Monday, November 16 at 3:00pm, Councilmember Elissa Silverman, Chairperson of the Committee on Labor and Workforce Development, will hold a public hearing before the Committee on B23-985 the Unemployment Benefits Extension Amendment Act of 2020. This Act will amend the District of Columbia Unemployment Compensation Act to qualify District workers for additional weeks of unemployment insurance and pandemic unemployment assistance benefits under the Extended Benefits program. A companion emergency measure was passed by the Council on October 20, 2020 (B23-983), and a temporary measure (B23-984) passed its first vote on that date.

Find the official copy of the hearing announcement here. Find a draft agenda and witness list here

Those who wish to watch live can tune in online via the DC Council Channel or TV Channel 13.


Witnesses who wish to testify must sign up no later than 10:00 a.m. on Friday, November 13, 2020 by providing their information using this form. Witnesses must provide their name, email address, telephone number, organizational affiliation (if any), and job title (if any), as well whether they require language interpretation or sign language interpretation. Witnesses who require language interpretation or sign language interpretation are requested to email the Labor Committee at labor@dccouncil.us as soon as possible, but no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 6, 2020, stating their need for interpretation and requested language. The Council’s Office of the Secretary will fulfill timely requests for language interpretation services; however, requests received later than November 6 may not be able to be fulfilled due to vendor availability.

If anyone is unable to testify at the hearing, written statements will be made a part of the official record. Written statements should be submitted by email to labor@dccouncil.us. Additionally, the public may provide testimony by voice mail by calling (202) 455-0153, stating and spelling the witness’s name, stating any organizational affiliation, and speaking slowly to provide a statement to be transcribed and included in the record. The record will close at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 17, 2020.

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