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Bill Detail: SB22-234

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Title Unemployment Compensation
Status Governor Signed (05/25/2022)
Bill Subjects
  • Labor & Employment
House Sponsors M. Snyder (D)
D. Ortiz (D)
Senate Sponsors B. Rankin (R)
C. Hansen (D)
House Committee Finance
Senate Committee Finance
Date Introduced 04/27/2022
Summary

Sections 1, 7, and 9 of the bill amend the existing authority of the
division of unemployment insurance (division) to issue bonds by:
  • Clarifying that the division may issue the bonds through the
state treasurer; and
  • Granting the division the authority to levy bond
assessments.
Current law provides a temporary increase in partial
unemployment benefits. Section 2 makes this temporary increase

permanent.
Section 3 repeals the requirement that an individual wait at least
one week before becoming eligible for unemployment compensation.
This repeal will take effect when the unemployment compensation fund
reaches a balance of at least $1 billion.
Section 4 requires the division to study how to implement a
dependent allowance for individuals receiving unemployment
compensation.
Sections 4 and 10 require the department of labor and
employment to award grants to one or more third-party administrators for
the purpose of providing recovery benefits to eligible individuals. The
grants to the third-party administrators and the recovery benefits are
funded through .00035 of the premium each employer is required to
submit to the division. An individual is eligible to receive recovery
benefits if the individual, regardless of the individual's immigration
status:
  • Separated from employment through no fault of the
individual;
  • Received income from employment during a qualified base
period or alternative base period;
  • Attests that the individual is not currently receiving any
state-administered wage replacement assistance;
  • Is not eligible for state-administered wage replacement
assistance for reasons related to the individual's
authorization to work; and
  • Has a pay stub or form W-2 to verify the individual's
employment and wage withholding.
Section 5 requires an employer to provide an employee with
certain information about unemployment compensation upon the
employee's separation from employment.
Section 6 extends the hold on an employer's solvency surcharge
through calendar year 2023.
Sections 8 and 12 require the state treasurer to transfer $600
million to a newly created fund. The transfer is from money received by
the state through the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The
money in the fund may be used only to repay the outstanding balance of
federal advances provided to the state through the unemployment
insurance trust fund and interest owed on the advances.
Current law requires an individual to repay the division for
overpaid unemployment compensation benefits unless the division finds
that repayment would be inequitable. Section 11 sets forth factors that the
division must consider in determining whether repayment would be
inequitable.
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