By law, if you are unemployed and want to claim unemployment insurance benefits, the you must be actively involved in seeking replacement employment. This is the law of the land, makes absolute sense, and is an essential element in claiming unemployment insurance benefits. This law of the land has proven to be effective for decades.
But now, there is LD 962. An Act Regarding Unemployment Compensation for Workers Involved in Certain Seasonal Occupations
SUMMARY. This bill amends the unemployment compensation laws to provide that an individual who works in the construction industry, has worked for at least 20 weeks in the 12 months prior to making a claim for benefits and has a date to return to work for a previous employer is not required to engage in work search efforts. It also provides that an individual who works in the logging industry is not required to engage in work search efforts from April 1st to June 1st.
LD 692 is on the LCRED agenda for its first hearing on Monday, March 27, 2017.
This is a bad idea and erodes the core intent of uneployment insurance – LOOK FOR REPLACMENT EMPLOYMENT.
Maine’s economy, like most other states, has sectors of seasonal employment. To carve out one or two sectors, and during a period of low unemployment, may have the unintended effect of disrupting continued overall economic growth.
This bill deserves an Ought Not To Pass.
Please contact the LCRED committee and your legislat0rs.