Monday, the Lt. Governor delivered the keynote address at the annual conference of the National Association of Unemployment Insurance Appeals Professionals (NAUIAP) in Seattle, the first such conference to be held in Washington state in more than three decades.
NAUIAP is the national professional association for administrative law judges and other hearings officers who decide unemployment insurance cases; the conference featured speakers from the U.S. Department of Labor, policy professionals, and academicians to share best practices.
In Washington state, the Office of Administrative Hearings considers unemployment insurance appeals, and it was Washington’s Chief Administrative Law Judge, Lorraine Lee, who welcomed NAUIAP members to the conference and introduced Lt. Gov. Habib for his keynote address. Speaking to a room of more than 100, the Lt. Governor discussed the importance of accessibility in administrative hearings procedures, providing a fair forum for considering unemployment claims, and the role administrative law judges and hearings officers play seeing firsthand the effects of workforce trends.