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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: December 17, 2012 11:36 AM
From: Senator Patricia H. Vance
To: All Senate members
Subject: Memo #3 - Prohibition of "triple dipping" for state employees
 
I intend to reintroduce SB 1511 of last session which amends the Unemployment Compensation Law to prohibit state employees from "triple dipping."

Last session, it was brought to my attention that state employees who choose to work as annuitants are permitted to collect unemployment compensation benefits on top of their pension and the additional salary paid for their temporary work. The effect is essentially triple dipping.

Various state agencies hire back former retirees as annuitants to help with special projects or to train new employees. Annuitants are permitted to work no more than 95 days in a calendar year. In 2010 and 2011, there were 1,600 part time employees and 450 individuals collected unemployment after exhausting their 95 days. The total cost was almost $2 million dollars.

Previous co-sponsors included Senators: SCARNATI, PILEGGI, FOLMER, TARTAGLIONE, BAKER, BOSCOLA, EARLL, EICHELBERGER, RAFFERTY, SCHWANK, SOLOBAY, TOMLINSON, WAUGH, D. WHITE and M. WHITE



Introduced as SB297