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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: August 17, 2020 03:53 PM
From: Representative Mark Rozzi
To: All House members
Subject: Unemployment Compensation – Exemption for Poll Workers
Poll workers who run our polling places are hardworking Pennsylvanians that perform their civic duty for little compensation.  Our counties, already suffering a shortage of poll workers, have seen this problem exacerbated by the COVID-19 disaster emergency.  This is because poll workers who happen to be unemployed would see their unemployment benefits diminished because they accept the small compensation for being a poll worker. 
Current law requires unemployment compensation claimants to report wages earned as a poll worker when filing their biweekly claim for benefits.  Should those earnings exceed the 30 percent partial benefit credit allowance, the claimant will suffer a dollar-for-dollar reduction in benefits.  My legislation will exempt poll worker wages from the calculation of the claimant’s unemployment compensation claim, ensuring their benefit will not be lessened or otherwise jeopardized.
Standing up for unemployed workers during these extraordinary times is vital.  I hope that you will join me in support of unemployment compensation claimants laboring as poll workers in the service of all Pennsylvanians.

Introduced as HB2820