SUPPORT – SUPPORT PARTIAL UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS – Part Y of A3005/S2005

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SUPPORT PARTIAL UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS

Part Y of A3005/S2005

Public Protection and General Government Budget Bill

The NYS AFL-CIO, representing 2.5 million union members and their families as well as our retirees and their families, supports this bill.

This bill amends the Labor Law to change how unemployment benefits are reduced if a claimant finds work while collecting benefits. Currently, a claimant’s benefit is reduced by 25 percent for each day of work, without regard to how much the claimant earns. If an employee works for four days in a week, then they cannot collect for that week, even if they only work a few hours each day and no matter what their earnings are.

This new proposal will tie the reduction in benefits to earnings. In many cases this will result in a lower benefit payment out of the trust fund, yet more income for the claimant when the reduced benefit is added to their earnings.

The formula would disregard 40 percent of the individuals’ earnings or $100.00 of earnings, whichever is higher. The benefit would then be the difference between the individuals’ normal benefit and those earnings that are above the disregard. Individuals that work only one day during the week would receive the greater of this formula or 75 percent of the employee’s normal benefit. Individuals that work only two days in the week would receive the greater of the formula described above or 50 percent of the employee’s normal benefit.

Employees that have earnings above the maximum unemployment benefit that they are entitled to would not be eligible for the partial benefit. This is a win-win situation for employers and employees alike.

Therefore, this Federation urges passage and enactment of this legislation.

For further information, contact the Legislative Department at 518-436-8516.

 

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Memo #17/2017