REPORT ON BILLS FAVORABLY REPORTED BY COMMITTEE

COMMITTEE:

Labor and Public Employees Committee

File No.:

Bill No.:

SB-19

PH Date:

2/14/2006

Action/Date:

JFS 3/14/2006

Reference Change:

 

TITLE OF BILL:

AN ACT CONCERNING NOTIFICATION TO EMPLOYEES OF EMPLOYERS NOT PARTICIPATING IN THE UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION SYSTEM

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Labor and Public Employees

Sen. Martin Looney, 11th District

 

REASONS FOR BILL:

Religious schools and a limited number of other employers are not required to participate in the Unemployment Compensation system and do not pay former employees unemployment benefits.

This bill requires any employer that is not subject state unemployment compensation law and has not voluntarily accepted liability under the law, to notify in writing all its employees and any prospective employees that they are not covered by unemployment compensation.

JFS language applies the bill to employees of all employers not covered under the Unemployment Compensation system.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

John McCarthy, Department of Labor, supports this bill.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Stephen Vincent Kobasa, supports this bill. He gives his personal testimony of the negative experience he encountered when after six years as a teacher at a religious school, his employment ended. Only after the application process was he informed that he was not eligible for benefits. Current law allows religious institutions to waive payment into the unemployment insurance program. Further, it does not require them to inform their employees of this fact.

Lori Pelletier, AFL-CIO, supports this bill. She feels this legislation would give employees pertinent information regarding the safety net of unemployment insurance.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None given.

 

Pat Izzo

3/15/2006

 

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