DEW Director: Unemployed Can’t be Forced to Volunteer

S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce Executive Director Abraham Turner says federal law prohibits the state from devising a plan where individuals receiving unemployment would have to take on community service in return.

The U.S. Department of Labor doesn’t allow states to force anyone into a community service program, Turner tells the House Transportation and Regulatory Budget Subcommittee, adding that if the state defies federal statute, it will get no more funds to pay unemployment compensation.

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