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48-606. Commissioner; duties; powers; annual report; schedule of fees.(1) It shall be the duty of the Commissioner of Labor to administer the Employment Security Law. He or she shall have the power and authority to employ such persons, make such expenditures, require such reports, make such investigations, and take such other action as he or she deems necessary or suitable to that end if the same are consistent with the Employment Security Law. The commissioner shall determine his or her own organization and methods of procedure in accordance with such law and shall have an official seal which shall be judicially noticed. Not later than the thirty-first day of December of each year, the commissioner shall submit to the Governor a report covering the administration and operation of such law during the preceding fiscal year and shall make such recommendations for amendments to such law as he or she deems proper. Such report shall include a balance sheet of the money in the fund in which there shall be provided, if possible, a reserve against the liability in future years to pay benefits in excess of the then current contributions, which reserve shall be set up by the commissioner in accordance with accepted actuarial principles on the basis of statistics of employment, business activity, and other relevant factors for the longest possible period. Whenever the commissioner believes that a change in contribution or benefit rates will become necessary to protect the solvency of the fund, he or she shall promptly inform the Governor and the Clerk of the Legislature thereof and make recommendations with respect thereto. Each member of the Legislature shall receive a copy of such information by making a request for it to the commissioner.(2) The commissioner may establish a schedule of fees to recover the cost of services including, but not limited to, copying, preparation of forms and other materials, responding to inquiries for information, payments for returned check charges and electronic payments not accepted, and furnishing publications prepared by the commissioner pursuant to the Employment Security Law. Fees received pursuant to this subsection shall be deposited in the Employment Security Administration Fund.(3) Nothing in this section shall be construed to allow the department to charge any fee for making a claim for unemployment benefits or receiving assistance from the state employment service established pursuant to section 48-662 when performing functions within the purview of the federal Wagner-Peyser Act, 29 U.S.C. 49 et seq., as amended. SourceLaws 1937, c. 108, § 11, p. 390; Laws 1941, c. 94, § 8, p. 396; C.S.Supp.,1941, § 48-711; R.S.1943, § 48-606; Laws 1953, c. 167, § 4(1), p. 529; Laws 1955, c. 231, § 8, p. 720; Laws 1979, LB 322, § 17; Laws 1985, LB 339, § 6; Laws 1987, LB 278, § 1; Laws 2003, LB 195, § 1; Laws 2007, LB265, § 5.