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January 1989, Vol. 112, No. 1
Changes in unemployment insurance legislation during 1988
On October 13, the President signed into law the Family Support Act of 1988. The law amended the Social Security Act in such manner as to enable the Secretary of Health and Human Services to obtain prompt access to records of the State Employment Security Agencies on wage and unemployment claims information. Included in such information is intelligence that might be useful in locating noncustodial parents with child support obligations.
In a similar vein, the Stuart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Amendments Act of 1988, signed into law on November 7, allows access, on a reimbursable basis, to the records of the State Employment Security Agencies concerning wage and unemployment claims information by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and by public housing authorities.
The Technical and Miscellaneous Revenue Act of 1988, signed into law on November 10, amends the definition of wages for employment tax purposes. The legislation also provides that income derived from fishing rights-related activity by individual members of an Indian tribe, or by a qualified Indian entity, is exempt from Federal and State tax, including income, Social Security, and unemployment compensation taxes.
In general, State legislatures took very little action this year, except for Missouri, where extensive changes were made. Seven States (Alabama, Arizona, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, and Virginia) increased the maximum weekly benefit amount. Three States (Alabama, Louisiana, and Rhode Island) changed their method of computing an individual's weekly benefit amount.
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