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Old 06-25-2010, 05:02 AM
 
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the proposal from Christie that democrats will sign off on, actually I can't find what it is. So they say no benefit reduction. What about his proposal back in February to eliminate the Permanent EB trigger. NJ as a lot of us know already, does't require 100% fed funding to issue extended state benefits. I'm assuming it wasn't touched because that would have been disaterous for anyone collecting or about to collect EB right now.
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Old 06-25-2010, 06:11 AM
 
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I'm 100% certain there are some good sound voices on here fully aware of NJ UE. Had anything occured that would put an end to EB, they would have posted that info. How it will look for future collectors, no-one knows. But for now it appears that all is well.
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Old 06-25-2010, 06:18 AM
 
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It's about making it more difficult for workers who are terminated for "Misconduct" to collect benefits. I thought those workers weren't eligible for UI anyway. Unless there was something I didn't know.
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Old 06-25-2010, 08:12 AM
 
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the proposal from Christie that democrats will sign off on, actually I can't find what it is. So they say no benefit reduction. What about his proposal back in February to eliminate the Permanent EB trigger. NJ as a lot of us know already, does't require 100% fed funding to issue extended state benefits. I'm assuming it wasn't touched because that would have been disaterous for anyone collecting or about to collect EB right now.
The State legislature will NOT pass Christi's proposal to eliminate the TUR trigger. Instead, Christi is going to try to come at it through the "task force" he is requesting, as stated below. A task force study will take months, and any recommendations they make that require changes in NJ state law will still have to be passed by the State Legislature.

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has conditionally vetoed a bill to limit the impact of an unemployment tax increase on businesses.

Christie says the reduced increase in the unemployment tax on businesses effective July 1 -- $130 per worker, instead of the $400 per worker originally called for -- is acceptable. But he wants more done to reform the state's unemployment insurance program, including changes to make it harder for people fired for misconduct to collect benefits. He also wants to establish a task force to study the problems with the state's unemployment insurance fund and to recommend solutions.

Senate President Stephen Sweeney said he expects the Senate to accept Christie's conditions.

NJ Gov Conditionally Vetoes Unemployment Tax Bill - cbs3.com
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Old 06-25-2010, 08:45 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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IT has nothing to do with EUC or EB. It's a relatively minor bill... mostly good stuff to reduce tax burden.
It is not a relatively minor bill, as it creates the entry into numerous changes in NJ's unemployment system.
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1. Laid off worker will wait one additional week before receiving first UI check. The amount of weeks is NOT reduced. Just shifted back one week. (excellent taxsavings potential without reducing total amount)
Because this does not reduce the total number of weeks a claimant can be eligible, there is in fact no savings here. It is a bit of an outdated concept from the time when people were able to find jobs within the regular benefits period of 26 weeks. Many of those who started later did not use up the full allotment of UI weeks -- ergo, the savings. Not so much the case any more.
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2. (Removed from Bill) The benefit amount per week will be reduced by $50. (Done to reduce tax burden in #3)
There was never a proposal to reduce everyone's benefit amount by $50. Christi wanted to reduce the maximum benefit by $50. However, under the federal rules governing the weekly $25 FAC payment -- any such changes in state levels of UI payments would disqualify NJ from the FAC program.
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3. Employers which were facing a tax increase of $480 per laid off person, will now only receive a tax increase of $137 due to the savings from #2. (Share the burden, I like this)
There is no savings from #2, as it was never in the bill as stated.
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4. Those fired or let go for unacceptable or criminal behavior will NOT be allowed to collect UI.
Under existing NJ UI regulations, claimants determined to be guilty of "criminal behavior" or "gross misconduct" (conduct that reaches a level of criminal behavior but may not have been prosecuted) are already prohibited from receiving any unemployment benefits. Those determined to have been fired for "misconduct" receive full benefits after a "waiting period" of several weeks as a penalty.

This provision would expand that full disqualification to some terminated for "misconduct" -- that is behavior that does not rise to a criminal level. This change is a problem: The NJ State Senate has already begun investigations into the unacceptably high percentages of terminated employees whom ex-employers unfairly categorize as guilty of "misconduct" simply to avoid paying them UI benefits.
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5. Option to collect up to 52 weeks by participating in a shared work program. (proposed by republican party)

6. No reduction to your Weekly Benefit Rate if you are working part time and earning up to 100% of your Weekly Benefit Rate. Currently once you earn more than 20%, your WBR is reduced. (proposed by republican party)

7. This one I don't understand: "[The] initiative would allow layoffs to be "shared" among workers" (proposed by democrat party)
#5 and #7 refer to the same proposed program. See earlier post reprinted below.
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Shared Work Unemployment Compensation Plans
Shared Work Unemployment Compensation Plans are offered by individual states to companies facing a temporary decline in business. It is an alternative to laying off workers.

A Shared Work program allows companies to reduce the weekly work hours of full-time employees. In return, those workers get to collect partial unemployment benefits to supplement their reduced wages.

The details of Shared Work programs vary from state to state -- although all states offering the program do require companies to file a formal application to participate. Among the states currently offering Shared Work programs are New York, Washington, and Texas.

New York State Department of Labor - Shared Work- The layoff alternative
The Shared-Work Program
Shared Work Unemployment Compensation Plan
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Old 06-25-2010, 09:03 AM
 
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This is all about punishing the guy that is working week to week. You know, the poor. Any delay in their benefits is deadly to them and their families.
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Old 06-25-2010, 09:31 AM
 
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This is all about punishing the guy that is working week to week. You know, the poor. Any delay in their benefits is deadly to them and their families.
That's how it is on a national level.

At least you guys in NJ get something. The rest of us are SOL until Congress gets their act together and does something to help us.
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Old 06-25-2010, 09:37 AM
 
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That's how it is on a national level.

At least you guys in NJ get something. The rest of us are SOL until Congress gets their act together and does something to help us.

we're not getting anything either in nj.. they're giving us the run around about emergency benefits..telling us to call back a week later every week
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Old 06-25-2010, 11:48 AM
 
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This is all about punishing the guy that is working week to week. You know, the poor. Any delay in their benefits is deadly to them and their families.

How do you figure?
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Old 07-02-2010, 05:56 PM
 
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Default Christie Signs Legislation to Reform NJ UI Fund

Earlier today New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed legislation to reform the NJ Unemployment Insurance Fund. The law includes key elements requested by Christie in his June 24 conditional veto of the legislation.

The new law provides:
• A reduction in the tax increase effective for businesses on July 1 to $130 per employee -- from $683 per employee which would have been needed to finance the state's insolvent unemployment insurance fund.

• Changes to unemployment insurance benefits for employees who lose their jobs due to misconduct, which will include a three-tiered structure – gross misconduct, severe misconduct, and miscounduct – which either prohibit payment of unemployment benefits or extend the waiting period before benefits can be paid.

• The creation of an Unemployment Insurance Fund Task Force to study and assess the current unemployment insurance crisis and recommend how the state can restore the trust fund to solvency in a way that balances the interests of workers, employers, and the overall economy of the state.

Christie signs measure designed to reform N.J. unemployment insurance fund | Economy | NewJerseyNewsroom.com -- Your State. Your News.
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