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Senate Bill 0084

ARCHIVE (2009)

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DIGEST OF SB84 (Updated April 15, 2009 9:08 pm - DI 84)

Department of workforce development, local government, and state administration matters. Changes the name of the department of workforce development (department) to the department of workforce development and unemployment insurance. Provides that no action may be taken to resolve a disputed claim for unemployment insurance benefits (claim) until the affected employer: (1) has actual knowledge of the date, time, and place of the hearing or other action; and (2) receives complete information about the rules of evidence and standards of proof that will be used to determine the validity of the claim. Requires the department to adopt rules concerning the conduct of administrative law judges, review board members, and other individuals who adjudicate claims during a hearing or other adjudicative process. Requires the department to provide at least annually for individuals who adjudicate claims training on unemployment compensation law, rules for the conduct of hearings and appeals, and rules of conduct during a hearing or other adjudicative process. Provides that an individual who does not strictly adhere to the law and rules is subject to discipline, up to and including suspension and termination. Specifies what constitutes "gross misconduct" in connection with termination of employment for purposes of unemployment insurance. Establishes the unemployment insurance oversight advisory committee to monitor the unemployment insurance benefit fund (fund) and make recommendations to improve the solvency of the fund. Requires the unemployment insurance board to transfer from the special employment and training services fund (special fund) to the fund amounts in the special fund that exceed $8,500,000 and provides that $450,000 annually may be released by the commissioner of the department for training and counseling assistance for certain individuals. Establishes the Hoosier Workers First training program to allocate to employers or consortiums money for incumbent worker training grants. Requires the commissioner of the department to: (1) initiate changes to eligibility and other requirements of the state's existing unemployment insurance system in order to qualify for the maximum amount available to a state under any federal economic stimulus package, unless the cost of making the changes exceeds the maximum amount available to the state as a result of making the changes; and (2) submit to the legislative council, the unemployment insurance oversight advisory committee, the speaker of the house of representatives, and the president pro tempore of the senate a report that: (A) details the commissioner's actions or decision not to act; (B) makes recommendations for necessary legislation; and (C) analyzes the fiscal impact to the fund of the changes and recommended legislation. Expands the duties of the governor's commission on minority and women's business enterprises (commission) to include setting goals for all contracts entered into with the use of state property and the use of state funds involving the use of real property of a unit of local government. Requires the department of administration to direct contractors to demonstrate a good faith effort to meet participation goals. Requires the commission to work with the department to develop a statement for grantees stating the importance of the use of minority and women's business enterprises. Requires a unit of local government to report to the commission on the planned and actual participation of minority and women's business enterprises in a grant or contract that is subject to the goals set by the commission. Allows the members of the board of directors of a redevelopment authority to be residents of or have their place of employment within the unit that created the redevelopment authority, under certain circumstances.
    Current Status:
     Returned to House of origin with Amendments
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