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January 1990, Vol. 113, No. 1
Changes in unemployment insurance legislation during 1989
A few States have recently experimented with programs to provide enhanced assistance and training to unemployed claimants. For example, Alaska and Nevada have enacted legislation and Nebraska is conducting a study on the feasibility of implementing a job training program for individuals receiving unemployment benefits.
In Alaska, a 2-year pilot project program was established to finance and award grants to employment assistance and training entities to help prevent future unemployment claims, foster new jobs, and increase training opportunities for workers severely affected by fluctuations in the State economy or technological changes in the workplace. The project will be financed through a portion of employee taxes at the rate of 0.01 percent. The Alaska Job Training Coordinating Council must annually provide the Alaska Employment Security Division with a report on the financial and performance activities of the program and recommendations concerning continuation of funding.
The Nevada Unemployment Compensation Law was amended to establish and ad~minister a temporary employment training program (until June 30, 1991) that must foster job creation, mini~mize unemployment costs of employers,
and meet the needs of employers for skilled workers by training claimants. The training program will be funded from the special revenue fund, which will consist of a temporary tax on all contributing employers of 0.05 percent. There are no performance requirements or recommendations for continuation of the program.
Alaska, Arkansas, Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, West Virginia, and Wyoming amended their laws to allow access, on a reimbursable basis, to records on wage and benefit information by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and by public housing authorities. The access was authorized by the Stuart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Amendments of 1988.
Arkansas, California, Delaware, Georgia, New Hampshire, New York, and Tennessee amended their laws so as to prohibit information obtained in the administration of the unemployment insurance law from being used as evidence in any proceeding between a person and the employer that is brought before an arbitrator, court, or judge of the State in question or of the United States.
Following is a summary of some significant changes in State unemployment insurance laws during 1989.
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