Work-Share Unemployment Benefits Proposed in Indiana

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Ed DeLaney

Ed DeLaney

From the Louisville Curior-Journal:

A Indiana state legislator is suggesting the state adopt a program used elsewhere that allows workers to receive partial unemployment benefits if their employer reduces their work hours to avoid layoffs.

The proposal is receiving a cool reaction from a top business lobbyist and the Republican chairman of the state’s unemployment oversight committee.

Rep. Ed DeLaney, D-Indianapolis, told the committee on Tuesday, 4 Oct. 2011, that 21 states have work-share programs, under which a company could cut the regular work week of several employees, with each qualifying for a small amount in unemployment benefits.

“This is a small but useful idea,” DeLaney said. “The message is we care about the economic crisis and are trying to address it.”

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