San Nicolas urges lawmakers to require businesses to provide pandemic unemployment data to GDOL

Guam Congressman Michael San Nicolas (PNC file photo)

Congressman Michael San Nicolas has sent a second letter to the Legislature urging lawmakers to act on unemployment

The congressman’s second letter specifically urges senators to mandate businesses to register and transmit pandemic unemployment data to the Guam Department of Labor.

“A number of constituents have reached out to me indicating that they have been unemployed or that their employment has been impacted by the pandemic, yet the business they work for is not being cooperative in facilitating their needs to qualify for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance,” San Nicolas said.

The congressman said the Legislature needs to act and mandate that businesses provide the information necessary to the Department of Labor and the affected employee so that no one is denied a rightful unemployment claim due to an unscrupulous prior or current employer.

“We need to get out of the habit of reactive politics and address potential problems before they happen, not after, if we want to break the cycle of our people suffering due to inaction from elected officials,” San Nicolas said.

He added: “I strongly urge the Legislature to pass a law mandating businesses comply with any and all requirements for employees to avail of any unemployment assistance they qualify for.”