May. 20, 2020

WHAT: With approximately one-third of Pennsylvania’s workforce applying for unemployment compensation benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic, the House Labor and Industry Committee will host a virtual informational hearing to learn from members of the administration about why the system failed so many residents during the early stages of the pandemic and what steps have been taken to improve the system.

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; Robert O’Brien, deputy secretary for administration; and William Trusky, deputy secretary for unemployment compensation programs.

WHEN: Thursday, May 21, at 2 p.m.

WHERE: Room G50, Irvis Office Building, Harrisburg

LIVE WEBSTREAMING:This is a virtual meeting andthe media will not be admitted into the hearing room, but may watch the hearing live by visiting

Media contact: Dan Massing, 717.772.9845,