OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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Hartford, CT 06106 (860) 240-0200

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sHB-5369

AN ACT CONCERNING AN ADJUSTMENT TO THE METHOD FOR DETERMINING THE MAXIMUM WEEKLY UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFIT RATE.

As Amended by House "A" (LCO 4838)

House Calendar No.: 175

Senate Calendar No.: 564

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 17 $

FY 18 $

Labor Dept.

UCF - Uncertain

See Below

See Below

Resources of the General Fund

GF - Revenue Loss

Minimal

Minimal

Note: GF=General Fund; UCF=Unemployment Compensation Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill alters the methodology by which the maximum unemployment benefit rate is determined. Specifically, the bill changes the formula for deriving the benefit cap from 60% of the average wage paid to the state's production workers to 50% of the average wage of all workers in the state or another method prescribed by the Labor Commissioner. The impact on the Unemployment Compensation Fund (UCF) is uncertain as the bill does not require a single methodology for determining the maximum benefit; thus, the bill may result in a cost, savings, or no impact to the UCF depending on the methodology actually employed.

The bill also increases the thresholds at which certain unemployment compensation fraud violations qualify as class A misdemeanors or class D felonies. To the extent this reduces the number of violations (and associated fines collected) for class A misdemeanors or class D felonies, this results in a minimal revenue loss.

House “A” appends the provision regarding unemployment fraud penalties.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to annual adjustments in the maximum unemployment benefit rate.