HARRISBURG – Legislation has been introduced to help end the backlog in unemployment claims due to the governor’s COVID-19 pandemic closure. Millions of Pennsylvanians lost their jobs when businesses were forced to close because of the pandemic. Many have struggled and are waiting to receive unemployment payments they deserve. Four months into the pandemic, the PA Department of Labor & Industry continues to have a backlog of claims. House Bill 2690 would use $20 million from the federal CARES Act to hire temporary employees and pay for expenses related to information management, communications technology, and other infrastructure components within the unemployment compensation division to expedite payments to those who need it. The proposal comes as some state lawmakers are calling on House Government Oversight Committee to conduct an investigation into the failure of the Unemployment Compensation program in PA.