The California labor board has ruled, in its infinite wisdom, that my company is responsible* for the unemployment insurance payments to an employee who got hurt when he wrecked his motorcycle on his own time and was physically unable to work. So an employee gets hurt in his off time and leaves us in the lurch when he can't work during our busiest season, and we owe him money for staying home? Other issues I have with California unemployment here. The original post about the ruling I was trying to appeal is here.
* Being responsible means that these payments go into the calculation for our unemployment insurance premiums. Effectively the premiums we pay this year are calculated to match the payouts to our employees (or ex-employees) last year.