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New Indiana Unemployment Law Takes Effect Saturday

by Rick Howlett on September 30, 2011

Indiana workers taking voluntary buyouts will no longer eligible for state unemployment benefits starting tomorrow, and severance pay will be counted against unemployment payouts.

Those are among the provision of the state’s new unemployment law. The changes are part of Indiana’s plan to pay off a $2 billion loan from the federal government.

Lawmakers approved major changes to how unemployment benefits are paid out and how much businesses pay in to the system earlier this year. All the changes become effective October 1.

Republican Representative Dan Leonard, who authored the law, says the new limits on who is eligible for benefits, coupled with new premiums businesses pay, should put the state’s unemployment insurance trust fund back in the black.

The state was forced to take the federal loan in 2008 to cover increasing unemployment claims. Leonard expects the loan to be paid back by 2018.

Opponents say they’re concerned the changes will hinder out of work Hoosiers who need the benefits to tide them over while they look for new employment.

(Information for this story also came from the Associated Press)

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Jobless Benefits Resume For Thousands of Kentuckians

by Rick Howlett July 28, 2010

President Obama signed a bill last week extending federal jobless benefits. Unemployed Kentuckians whose checks were cut off during the Senate impasse over the extension can apply now to restart the payments.

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Yarmuth Says Jobless Benefits Extension is Crucial for Kentucky Economy

by scrosby July 12, 2010

by Stephanie Crosby Congressman John Yarmuth of Louisville says the longer Congress takes to act on an extension of unemployment benefits to millions of jobless Americans, the more Kentucky suffers. Democrats on Capitol Hill want to extend jobless benefits by six months, at a cost of $34-billion. A number of Senate Republicans, including Mitch McConnell […]

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Demostrators Call For Benefits Extension

by Rick Howlett July 7, 2010

By Rick Howlett and Andy Freudenburg Several dozen demonstrators marched outside the Louisville office of U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell today, calling on the Minority Leader and his GOP colleagues to end their filibuster of a measure that would extend federal unemployment benefits. The event was organized by the Kentucky AFL-CIO. President Bill Londrigan says thousands […]

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Yarmuth: Bunning "Holding Country Hostage"

by Rick Howlett March 1, 2010

By Rick Howlett U.S. Senator Jim Bunning of Kentucky continues to draw criticism from Democrats and others for his refusal to support a $10 billion legislative package to fund various programs, including an extension of unemployment benefits. Bunning (pictured) says he’s not opposed to an extension of benefits or other elements of the bill, but wants […]

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State Departments Working to Update Unemployment System

by scrosby November 18, 2009

It’ll be another few weeks before unemployed Kentuckians who have exhausted their benefits can get new checks through the federal extension of unemployment benefits. The Emergency Unemployment Compensation law was signed November 6th, and extends Kentucky’s unemployment benefits by 20 weeks because the unemployment rate is higher than eight-point-five percent. Lanny Brannock with the Education […]

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State Unemployment Offices Add Capacity

by kespeland January 8, 2009

Kentucky employment and training offices are bursting at the seams with requests for jobs, unemployment checks and more.

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