Introduced Version






HOUSE BILL No. 1228

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: IC 22-4.

Synopsis: Unemployment benefits after military service. Authorizes an individual eligible for unemployment compensation benefits to be exempt from the requirements of: (1) registration for work; and (2) reporting for availability for work; for a period of six weeks after the individual's discharge from service in the armed forces of the United States or the National Guard or postdeployment in the armed forces of the United States or the National Guard, after having served the one week waiting period for unemployment compensation benefits.

Effective: July 1, 2010.





Pearson, Reske




    January 11, 2010, read first time and referred to Committee on Veterans Affairs and Public Safety.







Introduced

Second Regular Session 116th General Assembly (2010)


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HOUSE BILL No. 1228



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning labor and safety.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 22-4-14-2; (10)IN1228.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 22-4-14-2, AS AMENDED BY P.L.175-2009, SECTION 19, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2010]: Sec. 2. (a) Except as provided in subsections (e) and (f), an unemployed individual is eligible to receive benefits with respect to any week only if the individual has:
        (1) registered for work at an employment office or branch thereof or other agency designated by the commissioner within the time limits that the department by rule adopts; and
        (2) subsequently reported with the frequency and in the manner, either in person or in writing, that the department by rule adopts.
    (b) Failure to comply with subsection (a) shall be excused by the commissioner or the commissioner's authorized representative upon a showing of good cause therefor. The department shall waive or alter the requirements of this section as to such types of cases or situations that compliance with such requirements would be oppressive or would be inconsistent with the purposes of this article.
    (c) The department shall provide job counseling or training to an

individual who remains unemployed for at least four (4) weeks. The manner and duration of the counseling shall be determined by the department.
    (d) An individual who is receiving benefits as determined under IC 22-4-15-1(c)(8) is entitled to complete the reporting, counseling, or training that must be conducted in person at a one stop center selected by the individual. The department shall advise an eligible individual that this option is available.
    (e) The department may waive the requirements of subsection (a) for a week only when one (1) of the following applies to an individual for that week:
        (1) The individual is attending training or retraining approved by the department.
        (2) The individual is a job-attached worker with a specific recall date that is not more than sixty (60) days after the individual's separation date.
        (3) The individual is using:
            (A) a hiring service;
            (B) a referral service; or
            (C) another job placement service as determined by the department.
        (4) Any other situation exists for which the department considers requiring compliance by the individual with this section to be inconsistent with the purposes of this article.
     (f) An unemployed individual who is otherwise eligible to receive benefits is not required to comply with the conditions set forth in subsection (a) for a period of six (6) weeks after the individual's discharge from service in the armed forces of the United States or the National Guard or postdeployment in the armed forces of the United States or the National Guard. The individual must serve the waiting period required under section 4 of this chapter before the six (6) week period begins.

SOURCE: IC 22-4-14-3; (10)IN1228.1.2. -->     SECTION 2. IC 22-4-14-3, AS AMENDED BY P.L.175-2009, SECTION 20, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2010]: Sec. 3. (a) An individual who is receiving benefits as determined under IC 22-4-15-1(c)(8) may restrict the individual's availability because of the individual's need to address the physical, psychological, or legal effects of being a victim of domestic or family violence (as defined in IC 31-9-2-42).
    (b) An unemployed individual shall be eligible to receive benefits with respect to any week only if the individual:
        (1) is physically and mentally able to work;
        (2) is available for work;
        (3) is found by the department to be making an effort to secure full-time work; and
        (4) participates in reemployment services, such as job search assistance services, if the individual has been determined to be likely to exhaust regular benefits and to need reemployment services under a profiling system established by the department, unless the department determines that:
            (A) the individual has completed the reemployment services; or
            (B) failure by the individual to participate in or complete the reemployment services is excused by the director under IC 22-4-14-2(b).
Subdivisions (3) and (4) do not apply to an individual to whom section 2(f) of this chapter applies. The term "effort to secure full-time work" shall be defined by the department through rule which shall take into consideration whether such individual has a reasonable assurance of reemployment and, if so, the length of the prospective period of unemployment, but must include as a condition the individual's submission of at least one (1) application for work in each week for which the individual is claiming benefits. An individual who submits an application for work online through an Internet web site complies with this condition. However, if an otherwise eligible individual is unable to work or unavailable for work on any normal work day of the week, the individual shall be eligible to receive benefits with respect to such week reduced by one-third (1/3) of the individual's weekly benefit amount for each day of such inability to work or unavailability for work.
    (c) For the purpose of this article, unavailability for work of an individual exists in, but is not limited to, any case in which, with respect to any week, it is found:
        (1) that such individual is engaged by any unit, agency, or instrumentality of the United States, in charge of public works or assistance through public employment, or any unit, agency, or instrumentality of this state, or any political subdivision thereof, in charge of any public works or assistance through public employment;
        (2) that such individual is in full-time active military service of the United States, or is enrolled in civilian service as a conscientious objector to military service;
        (3) that such individual is suspended for misconduct in connection with the individual's work; or
        (4) that such individual is in attendance at a regularly established public or private school during the customary hours of the individual's occupation or is in any vacation period intervening between regular school terms during which the individual is a student. However, this subdivision does not apply to any individual who is attending a regularly established school, has been regularly employed and upon becoming unemployed makes an effort to secure full-time work and is available for suitable full-time work with the individual's last employer, or is available for any other full-time employment deemed suitable.
    (d) Notwithstanding any other provisions in this section or IC 22-4-15-2, no otherwise eligible individual shall be denied benefits for any week because the individual is in training with the approval of the department, nor shall such individual be denied benefits with respect to any week in which the individual is in training with the approval of the department by reason of the application of the provisions of this section with respect to the availability for work or active search for work or by reason of the application of the provisions of IC 22-4-15-2 relating to failure to apply for, or the refusal to accept, suitable work. The department shall by rule prescribe the conditions under which approval of such training will be granted.
SOURCE: IC 22-4-15-2; (10)IN1228.1.3. -->     SECTION 3. IC 22-4-15-2, AS AMENDED BY P.L.175-2009, SECTION 24, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2010]: Sec. 2. (a) With respect to benefit periods established on and after July 3, 1977, an individual is ineligible for waiting period or benefit rights, or extended benefit rights, if the department finds that, being totally, partially, or part-totally unemployed at the time when the work offer is effective or when the individual is directed to apply for work, the individual fails without good cause:
        (1) to apply for available, suitable work when directed by the commissioner, the deputy, or an authorized representative of the department of workforce development or the United States training and employment service;
        (2) to accept, at any time after the individual is notified of a separation, suitable work when found for and offered to the individual by the commissioner, the deputy, or an authorized representative of the department of workforce development or the United States training and employment service, or an employment unit; or
        (3) to return to the individual's customary self-employment when directed by the commissioner or the deputy.
    (b) With respect to benefit periods established on and after July 6,

1980, the ineligibility shall continue for the week in which the failure occurs and until the individual earns remuneration in employment equal to or exceeding the weekly benefit amount of the individual's claim in each of eight (8) weeks. If the qualification amount has not been earned at the expiration of an individual's benefit period, the unearned amount shall be carried forward to an extended benefit period or to the benefit period of a subsequent claim.
    (c) With respect to extended benefit periods established on and after July 5, 1981, the ineligibility shall continue for the week in which the failure occurs and until the individual earns remuneration in employment equal to or exceeding the weekly benefit amount of the individual's claim in each of four (4) weeks.
    (d) If an individual failed to apply for or accept suitable work as outlined in this section, the maximum benefit amount of the individual's current claim, as initially determined, shall be reduced by an amount determined as follows:
        (1) For the first failure to apply for or accept suitable work, the maximum benefit amount of the individual's current claim is equal to the result of:
            (A) the maximum benefit amount of the individual's current claim, as initially determined; multiplied by
            (B) seventy-five percent (75%);
        rounded (if not already a multiple of one dollar ($1)) to the next higher dollar.
        (2) For the second failure to apply for or accept suitable work, the maximum benefit amount of the individual's current claim is equal to the result of:
            (A) the maximum benefit amount of the individual's current claim determined under subdivision (1); multiplied by
            (B) eighty-five percent (85%);
        rounded (if not already a multiple of one dollar ($1)) to the next higher dollar.
        (3) For the third and any subsequent failure to apply for or accept suitable work, the maximum benefit amount of the individual's current claim is equal to the result of:
            (A) the maximum benefit amount of the individual's current claim determined under subdivision (2); multiplied by
            (B) ninety percent (90%);
        rounded (if not already a multiple of one dollar ($1)) to the next higher dollar.
    (e) In determining whether or not any such work is suitable for an individual, the department shall consider:


        (1) the degree of risk involved to such individual's health, safety, and morals;
        (2) the individual's physical fitness and prior training and experience;
        (3) the individual's length of unemployment and prospects for securing local work in the individual's customary occupation; and
        (4) the distance of the available work from the individual's residence.
However, work under substantially the same terms and conditions under which the individual was employed by a base-period employer, which is within the individual's prior training and experience and physical capacity to perform, shall be considered to be suitable work unless the claimant has made a bona fide change in residence which makes such offered work unsuitable to the individual because of the distance involved. During the fifth through the eighth consecutive week of claiming benefits, work is not considered unsuitable solely because the work pays not less than ninety percent (90%) of the individual's prior weekly wage. After eight (8) consecutive weeks of claiming benefits, work is not considered unsuitable solely because the work pays not less than eighty percent (80%) of the individual's prior weekly wage. However, work is not considered suitable under this section if the work pays less than Indiana's minimum wage as determined under IC 22-2-2. For an individual who is subject to section 1(c)(8) of this chapter, the determination of suitable work for the individual must reasonably accommodate the individual's need to address the physical, psychological, legal, and other effects of domestic or family violence.
    (f) Notwithstanding any other provisions of this article, no work shall be considered suitable and benefits shall not be denied under this article to any otherwise eligible individual for refusing to accept new work under any of the following conditions:
        (1) If the position offered is vacant due directly to a strike, lockout, or other labor dispute.
        (2) If the remuneration, hours, or other conditions of the work offered are substantially less favorable to the individual than those prevailing for similar work in the locality.
        (3) If as a condition of being employed the individual would be required to join a company union or to resign from or refrain from joining a bona fide labor organization.
        (4) If as a condition of being employed the individual would be required to discontinue training into which the individual had entered with the approval of the department.
         (5) If IC 22-4-14-2(f) applies to the individual.
    (g) Notwithstanding subsection (e), with respect to extended benefit periods established on and after July 5, 1981, "suitable work" means any work which is within an individual's capabilities. However, if the individual furnishes evidence satisfactory to the department that the individual's prospects for obtaining work in the individual's customary occupation within a reasonably short period are good, the determination of whether any work is suitable work shall be made as provided in subsection (e).
    (h) With respect to extended benefit periods established on and after July 5, 1981, no work shall be considered suitable and extended benefits shall not be denied under this article to any otherwise eligible individual for refusing to accept new work under any of the following conditions:
        (1) If the gross average weekly remuneration payable to the individual for the position would not exceed the sum of:
            (A) the individual's average weekly benefit amount for the individual's benefit year; plus
            (B) the amount (if any) of supplemental unemployment compensation benefits (as defined in Section 501(c)(17)(D) of the Internal Revenue Code) payable to the individual for such week.
        (2) If the position was not offered to the individual in writing or was not listed with the department of workforce development.
        (3) If such failure would not result in a denial of compensation under the provisions of this article to the extent that such provisions are not inconsistent with the applicable federal law.
        (4) If the position pays wages less than the higher of:
            (A) the minimum wage provided by 29 U.S.C. 206(a)(1) (the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938), without regard to any exemption; or
            (B) the state minimum wage (IC 22-2-2).
    (i) The department of workforce development shall refer individuals eligible for extended benefits to any suitable work (as defined in subsection (g)) to which subsection (h) would not apply.