Aug. 11, 2020

WHAT: With so many Pennsylvanians applying for Unemployment Compensation benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic and some of them still waiting to receive answers, the House Labor and Industry Committee will host a virtual informational meeting to identify reasons behind the system’s failure at the time applicants and their families needed it to work.

WHO: House Labor and Industry Committee Chairman Jim Cox (R-Berks/Lancaster); other members of the committee; W. Gerard Oleksiak, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (L&I); Robert O’Brien, executive deputy secretary for administration at L&I; William Trusky, deputy secretary for unemployment compensation programs at L&I; Keith Welks, deputy treasurer for fiscal operations at the Pennsylvania Office of the State Treasurer; and Carl Hammersburg, manager of government and health care risk and fraud at SAS.

WHEN: Wednesday, Aug. 12, at 10 a.m.

: Room G-50, Irvis Office Building, Harrisburg.

LIVE WEBSTREAMING: This is a virtual meeting and the media may watch the meeting live by visiting or attend the event in person. Those who attend in person are asked to practice social distancing and wear a mask.

Media contact: Dan Massing, 717.772.9845,