|Posted:||December 3, 2020 12:51 PM|
|From:||Representative Dawn W. Keefer|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||UC LAW - RE-QUALIFICATION OF BENEFITS|
|I am preparing to reintroduce HB 2849 from the prior session to amend the Unemployment Compensation (UC) Law to strengthen the re-qualification requirements for claimants who are found ineligible due to circumstances within their control.
Under current law, an employee is not eligible for UC benefits if he or she:
When an employee is denied benefits for one of the above reasons, current law allows them to re-qualify for benefits after they earn at least six times their weekly benefit rate (only $3,432 for someone earning the maximum benefit of $572/week).
Since these reasons for disqualification are all within the ability of the claimant to prevent, my bill will require a claimant show a stronger attachment to the workforce before they can apply for UC benefits again. Specifically, my bill will require a claimant to:
Unemployment compensation is intended to help people who become unemployed through no fault of their own. When someone is denied benefits due to their own actions, the law should require a more substantial period of re-entry into the workforce before they can re-qualify for benefits.
I hope you will join me as a cosponsor.
Introduced as HB177