COMING IN MAY
May is going to be a busy month. Issues will be taking a new look at some old issues!
PUNISHED FOR WORKING TWO JOBS!
Bonnie from New York found herself in a dilemma for working two jobs! Bonnie, a single female, finds that in order to live a life of necessity only, she must work two jobs. When lack of work at one job necessitated a cut back from five to three days, Bonnie did not worry, after all, the company she worked for was involved with a "shared work" agreement with the Department of Labor; Unemployment Division. Bonnie was to learn, that despite this agreement, the part-time job she worked would exclude her from all unemployment benefits. Could things get any worse?
As a matter of fact, yes! Bonnie is presently disabled, and unable to perform at either of her jobs. While she is receiving benefits from both places of employment, Bonnie says: "I am allowed to receive benefits from both ... BUT ... not the normal full amount from both because I am receiving from both policies ... once again I feel that I am being PUNISHED because I work 2 jobs ... "
Issues is presently investigating Bonnie's problems in hopes of locating a solution.
NEW CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT NOT WORKING!
One of the legal cases Issues has been following involves a back child support matter. This topic sparked an intense reader feedback. Reader reaction to the child support problem offered a generalized consensus that Issue's readers believe the new child support laws and enforcement teams need to be revisited and revised; in general the new system does not work!
Issues also received a variety of complaints about the system. Complaints that include: courts being far more tolerant towards women who owe child support than the system is to men; monies continuously being withdrawn from support paying parent well after payments have been deemed to stop; payments taken from support paying parent but not reaching payee; and non-returns of overpayment or partial returns of overpayment to support paying parent. Each of the received complaints involved the Erie County, New York Child Support Enforcement Unit. These complaints appear indicative of a dysfunctional entity; and offer the opinion that the New York State Child Support Enforcement Unit is one of the most unorganized, inefficient, troublesome entities in all of this country.
A great deal of significance should be given to the fact that it appears that child support collection is BIG business in New York State. The question Issues wants answered is: 'Where is all of this money going?'
CHILD SUPPORT AND CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT