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Unemployment Tax Credits Bill Ok'd / Heads to Governor

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Unemployment Tax Credits Bill Ok'd / Heads to Governor

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compliance with federal regulations in order to prevent employers from losing $2 billion in unemployment tax credits now is on its way to Gov. Henry Bellmon's office.

Senate Bill 493, authored by Sen. Ben Brown, D-Oklahoma City, was passed by the Oklahoma Senate on a vote of 46 to 0 Monday.

The conference committee version of the measure was defeated over a month ago in the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

Just last week, however, the House allowed a suspension of the rules to bring the measure back for consideration.

As explained by Bob Funston, executive director of the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, the measure is designed to put state laws in compliance with federal regulations regarding extended benefits paid to laid off workers.

Extended benefits are paid to workers after regular unemployment benefits have run out. Oklahoma laws had allowed individuals receiving extended benefits a week's respite in the search for a new job in the event of an illness, family death or other emergency - the same plan offered to those receiving regular unemployment benefits.

However, federal regulations prohibit paying of benefits while the individual has taken some time off from the job search. …

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