Test Drive Our New Site! We have some improvements in the works that we're excited for you to experience. Click here to try our new, faster, mobile friendly beta site. We will be maintaining our current version of the site thru the end of 2024, so you can switch back as our improvements continue.
Legislation Quick Search
06/13/2024 04:48 PM
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Home / House Co-Sponsorship Memoranda

House Co-Sponsorship Memoranda

Subscribe to PaLegis Notifications

Subscribe to receive notifications of new Co-Sponsorship Memos circulated

By Member | By Date | Keyword Search

House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: February 16, 2021 09:00 AM
From: Representative Mark Longietti
To: All House members
Subject: Amending Unemployment Compensation Law
I invite you to co-sponsor legislation amending the Unemployment Compensation Law to grant eligibility to certain individuals who maintain full-time employment.
COVID-19 has shown a light on certain inadequacies in our public policy.  One of those inadequacies is our definition of “unemployed” with respect to the Unemployment Compensation Law.  Current law states that if an individual has a full-time job, regardless of how lucrative that job is, that individual is not eligible for unemployment compensation benefits.  However, it is becoming more and commonplace to see some people working multiple full-time jobs to make ends meet.  If that person loses one of those jobs, they will need financial assistance.  Nevertheless, because they have a second full-time job that they are working at, they are ineligible to receive benefits. 
My goal is to amend the definition of “unemployed” in the Unemployment Compensation Law so that we can capture those individuals who were previously denied benefits.   It is important to note that the liability will fall on the employer who terminated services with the employee, and not on the employer of the active employee who is claiming benefits.  Also note that a claimant who has earnings may only be eligible for partial unemployment benefits and would only receive benefits if their earnings are less than their partial benefit credit plus their weekly benefit rate, as is established by current law. 

Please join me in co-sponsoring this important piece of legislation.  We do not want anyone to fall through the cracks in these most trying times.  Thank you.

Introduced as HB595