Audit cites flaws in interstate jobless payments
The state labor department paid more than $21 million in unemployment benefits without getting the required payback of the money from Louisiana employers, according to an audit.
According to the Legislative Auditor's report, the money went to people who worked in Louisiana but who went on to file for unemployment in other states.
Louisiana reimburses those states under an interstate agreement, but, according to the audit, the
Louisiana Workforce Commission, had no procedures in place to collect the money from the in-state employers, as required by law.
The audit was conducted last year.
It includes a response in which the commission says it has completed work needed to begin charging employers for the required payments.