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Unemployment Dilemma
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I received an email from "Bonnie" in New York concerning an unemployment issue.

"Here is the situation ...
I work a full time job and also a part time job. At the present time the workload at my full time job is very slow and we have been cut to a 3-day workweek. The company is in a "shared work" agreement with the dept. of unemployment so that the people working only 3 days can receive unemployment compensation for the 2 days a week that they don't work.
The problem here is that because I work a part time job more than 3 days a week they say that I am not eligible for the unemployment compensation from my full time employer. I feel this totally unfair! I work 2 jobs because I have to, to live, not because I like leaving home at 6:30 in the morning and not getting home until 10:00 at night and still having trouble paying my bills. I pay into unemployment every week that I work and they say that I have an account in my name but can't have the money.
Any ideas on where to go with this problem?"

While this may not be Great News, it is Good News regarding Bonnie's issue

Bill A983
SPONSOR: Luster (MS)

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the labor law, in relation to payment of unemployment benefits during partial employment

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Prohibits reduction of unemployment benefits for partial employment generating not more than 3/4 of minimum average weekly wage.

JUSTIFICATION: Current law requires that a person collecting unemployment insurance benefits not engage in any work. This has the effect of penalizing the person who engages in limited employment while seeking customary employment This bill would permit a person to receive unemployment benefits and engage in limited employment by a formula based upon either the person's benefit or the minimum average weekly wage.

STATUS: Labor Law

01/09/01 referred to labor 01/09/02 referred to labor

Research Links
APRIL 2002


The New York Assembly Website Web site.

New York Legislature

New York Senate

New York State Department of Labor

Did you know......

That from 1985 through 2000 the following bill was before New York State Assembly

This will provide that before a person can collect unemployment insurance, he or she will be required to work each week for the state or local government or an approved non-profit organization, at a job as closely fitting the claimants experience as possible. The minimum amount of required work hours will be: dividing the claimants applicable benefit rate by the hourly rate of his last employment. The claimant will in no instance perform work which was previously performed by a laid-off employee or which has resulted from a job being abolished.

The justification for this bill was.......

It is unfortunate that certain persons cannot find employment. It is equally unfortunate that such competent persons who are willing and able are paid for doing nothing. This bill would serve to compensate only those persons who have first served the public, not those who have chosen to remain idle. A greater incentive to remain employed will exist, as well as a greater incentive to seek alternative employment when laid off. Benefits will also accrue to the public in the form of increased public services, which would not otherwise be performed.

The last action taken on this Bill was in 2001, when it was held over for consideration by Labor.



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This Page Last Updated: 5/15/2002
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