Sep 27 | Bill To Fix UI Announced

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.