Senior Staff Attorney

George Wentworth
New York and Connecticut Offices
Areas of expertise
Unemployment Insurance – Enforcement of Workplace Standards
George Wentworth joined NELP in September, 2009 after 35 years of service with the Connecticut Department of Labor (CTDOL). As Director of Program Policy, he served as General Counsel to the Labor Commissioner for 20 years. In that role, George oversaw the development of all legal policy within the agency, supervised the agency’s in-house legal staff, coordinated regulatory activities and interpreted a wide range of workplace statutes. He was the chief drafter of Connecticut’s unemployment insurance (UI) regulations. At NELP, George works with state organizations advocating for strong unemployment insurance programs and has testified before a number of state legislatures. He has also been a part of NELP’s efforts to insure a meaningful federal response to the national crisis of long-term unemployment.

Selected Publications

  • “Unemployment Insurance Financing in Crisis: How Should States Respond to Trust Fund Insolvency” co-authored with Rick McHugh, Andrew Stettner & Mike Evangelist (NELP -May 2010)
  • “It’s Not a Recovery Without Jobs” co-authored with Christine Owens, Politico (September 28, 2010)
  • “Remembering the Unemployment Line” Huffington Post (November 30, 2010)


J.D., University of Connecticut School of Law
B.A., St. Bonaventure University