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06/23/2024 01:28 AM
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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: June 15, 2021 09:31 AM
From: Representative Timothy J. O'Neal
To: All House members
Subject: Unemployment Compensation Law Providing for COVID-19 Base Year
 
In the near future, I plan on introducing legislation that would allow those that work seasonal occupations to select a prior base year of wages for their unemployment compensation claim.
 
The restrictions put in place by Governor Wolf during the last year were devastating to workers and businesses alike. Workers in seasonal employment were hit especially hard. These occupations depend on the unemployment compensation system when there is little work in the off season. Unfortunately, the restrictions put in place by the administration caused many more workers to depend on the UC system than normal or earlier than expected.
 
That is why I plan on introducing legislation that would allow those seasonal workers that were unemployed during the pandemic to select a prior base year of eligibility if they are deemed financially ineligible for benefits on UC claims from Nov. 1, 2021 to March 1, 2022. This would allow those that were forced to claim UC benefits last year to request a different year of base wages for their financial eligibility.
 
This bill would ensure that those seasonal workers that depend on the UC system are not left without income during the upcoming off season.
 
Please consider cosponsoring this important legislation.
 



Introduced as HB1852