Today Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden, Senator Michael F. Bennet, and Senator Sherrod Brown introduced a bill to make improvements to the unemployment system called the Unemployment Insurance Reform. Act. The full text is here and here is a one-page summary.
The bill would:
Ensure states cover 26 weeks of benefits and include part-time workers.
Ensure states are not able to shortchange workers by determining eligibility based on old wage records.
Improve administration of unemployment insurance by requiring, for example, states to accept electronic applications, make applications mobile-friendly and ensure accessibility in multiple languages.