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January/February 1996, Vol. 119, Nos. 1 & 2
Nineteen1 States amended their unemployment insurance laws to require that, as a condition of eligibility for benefits, an individual must participate in reemployment services, such as job search assistance, if he or she is determined through a profiling system to be likely to exhaust regular benefits. The profiling system is designed to assist individuals in making a successful transition to new employment.
Delaware, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, and Oregon established self-employment assistance programs, in which selected claimants may continue to receive periodic unemployment payments while engaged full time in establishing a business and becoming self-employed. Arkansas, Louisiana, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Texas amended their laws to have Federal income taxes withheld from unemployment benefits at the option of the claimant, beginning January 1, 1997. Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Kansas, Michigan, Nebraska, and Oklahoma added a disqualification for an employee of a temporary help firm for failure to contact the temporary help firm for reassignment upon completion of an assignment, unless the employee had not been advised of the obligation to do so.
Following is a summary of some significant changes.
Financing. The special tax assessment of 0.06 percent applicable to contributing employers was extended until March 31, 2002. The rate reduction of 0.06 percent applicable to regular contributions was extended for the same period. The reduced rates for regular contributions range from 0.14 percent to 6.74 percent.
Disqualification. Benefits will not be reduced if an individual is receiving a pension, retirement or retired pay, or other similar periodic payment under the provisions of Social Security or the Railroad Retirement Act.
Administration. An individual has 30 days (was 10 days) to appeal a board of appeals decision to the Alabama Circuit Court. Benefit overpayments may he collected through a reciprocal agreement with other State agencies or the Federal Government by deduction from unemployment benefit payments made under any Federal unemployment insurance program and under the State interstate program.
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1 Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode island, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming.
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