Unemployment benefits in limbo for some

Unemployment benefits in limbo for some

There are 5 comments on the WLFI Lafayette story from Apr 1, 2009, titled Unemployment benefits in limbo for some. In it, WLFI Lafayette reports that:

Thousands of workers across the state could their lose unemployment benefits. House Bill 1379 would reclassify employees who work less than 42 weeks as seasonal workers.

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kim jenkins

United States

#1 Apr 1, 2009
That would not be fair they work and pay the money in so they should be able to claim it. That is how they get by untill the weather breaks for them to get back to work.If they did that many pepole will lose there houses and cars and would not be able to feed there familys
Gregg J VanDeventer

West Lafayette, IN

#2 Apr 1, 2009
I am a worker in the field of heavy highway construction and I definately fit the model as described by Mr. Hershman. the thing that lawmakers need to unmderstand is that I and my employer contribute heavily to the states unemployment fund. I and thousands of my fellow tradesmen open claims every year to make it through the winter months. When used correctly the state actually makes money as I have not exceeded a claims maximum benefit, in fact when I open a new claim the state aquires thousands which were not expended and do not roll over to the next year. I do believe there are those who abuse the current system and who should be targeted in future legislation. I have included the following data from my own Indiana claimant homepage. UI 01/25/2009 01/23/2010 8,407 390 3,120.00 Open
UI 01/27/2008 01/24/2009 8,289 390 5,653.00Expired
UI 01/28/2007 01/26/2008 8,090 390 4,849.00 Expired
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Berwyn, IL

#3 Apr 1, 2009
Employees don't pay anything into the system. The entire premium is paid by the employer. The maximum premium paid per employee is $392 per year. The maximum benefit is $390 per week. If an employee draws max benefits for more than one week a year, the system loses money. That's why it's bankrupt.

It's a failure of the system, not that you have misused it, but it's not meant for use year after year. And too many employers abuse the system this way.
Gregg J VanDeventer wrote:
I am a worker in the field of heavy highway construction and I definately fit the model as described by Mr. Hershman. the thing that lawmakers need to unmderstand is that I and my employer contribute heavily to the states unemployment fund. I and thousands of my fellow tradesmen open claims every year to make it through the winter months. When used correctly the state actually makes money as I have not exceeded a claims maximum benefit, in fact when I open a new claim the state aquires thousands which were not expended and do not roll over to the next year. I do believe there are those who abuse the current system and who should be targeted in future legislation. I have included the following data from my own Indiana claimant homepage. UI 01/25/2009 01/23/2010 8,407 390 3,120.00 Open
UI 01/27/2008 01/24/2009 8,289 390 5,653.00Expired
UI 01/28/2007 01/26/2008 8,090 390 4,849.00 Expired
Jennifer

Lafayette, IN

#4 Apr 2, 2009
This would be devastating for alot of people and should not have even been dreamed up! What is wrong with people, are people not suffering enough that we need to make it worse?
We need to be trying to solve unemployment issues and job losses but instead, we are looking at making it even harder for those that get laid off.
This is rediculous, alot of people depend on this, and what are the construction workers suppose to do if they work 35-41 weeks a year but get laid off? They can't help the weather and that is the main cause for the layoffs.
Karyl L Patterson

Dolton, IL

#5 Apr 2, 2009
On the DirectTv AD I just got directTv I was suppose to have one of the deals but they have charged me a total of 97.00 for the first month What the ad does not tell the public is you do not get the special price until a coupon discount is submitted to DirectTv. and it takes 6 to 8 weeks to take affect and give you the special price. I was just told this after they billed my credit card WITHOUT MY Permission> for the full price. I think the public should know this so maybe someone else won't get ripped off like I did.

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