PA 08-40—HB 5438

Select Committee on Veterans' Affairs

Labor and Public Employees Committee

Appropriations Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING MAKING PERMANENT THE UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS FOR MILITARY SPOUSES

SUMMARY: This act makes permanent a military spouse's eligibility for unemployment compensation if he or she voluntarily leaves a job to accompany a spouse required to relocate for active-duty service in the U. S. Armed Forces. Prior law applied to spouses who left their jobs between July 1, 2007 and June 30, 2008. Under existing law, an employer's unemployment taxes are not directly affected by an employee who files claims under the act.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2008

BACKGROUND

Reports on Cost of Providing Benefits

By law, the labor commissioner must submit quarterly reports, until June 30, 2009, on the effect of providing unemployment benefits for military spouses to the Office of Policy and Management secretary and the Appropriations, Labor, and Veterans' Affairs committees. The first report was due by January 1, 2008.

The reports must include (1) data on the number of people compensated under the spousal provision and (2) a description of the cost to the Unemployment Compensation Fund.

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