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Improving State Unemployment Systems Edited

Please see attached joint comments recommending the following:

1. DOL should ensure that states afford claimants timely appeal hearings.

2. DOL should review state unemployment notices to ensure that they meet the requirements of federal law.

3. DOL should encourage states to focus on user-centric design in their online unemployment systems and in the language they use to communicate information with claimants.

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Fraud

Since the $4 trillion plus signed In To law firm have not received a cent, im American yet denied my cut, how people play video games all day on social media get unemployment welfare etc, wait they are puppets they exploit themselves they cry like little bitches yet I continue my lawsuits again the government. Will see DOL in court  the buck stops WOTH me

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Build connections between UI and other parts of the safety net

Build connections between UI and other parts of the safety net, including making sure UI recipients are connected to Medicaid, SNAP, and the refundable tax credits. Many UI applicants are unaware of other available safety net and income support programs or are unable to navigate the processes to receive these services. For example, UI beneficiaries who are used to enrolling in employer-sponsored insurance or Marketplace... more »

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Engage participants in all stages of program design

Engage participants in all stages of program design, including online systems. Our nation's Unemployment Insurance (UI) program needs a fundamental overhaul to address longstanding issues. These include core programmatic gaps, such as insufficient benefit levels and weeks of coverage and the exclusion of undocumented immigrants, seasonal, and temp workers. The lack of federal minimum standards means that Black workers... more »

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Representatives operator

Here's just a personal opinion: Unemployment insurance in the DOL: Since it's used as a supplement, it should be based on purpose. There should be no comparison, such as racial disparity or work-operation comparison. Honestly, No matter how smart a person was before, the salary is high, but it does not mean that it will never be, will not get fired in one day . It is not good to hear, if a person is capable, why do they... more »

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Minimum Benefit Adequacy Standards

Throughout the history of the UI program, the Secretary of Labor has issued regulations that outline how states can meet their requirements to provide adequate unemployment insurance benefits. Current standards relate to the timeliness of benefit payment and appeals. But if few eligible workers are receiving benefits or applying for benefits, then these timeliness standards amount to little in terms of advancing equity.... more »

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Better data for racial and gender equity in UI

Information on racial and gender in the UI system is too limited. Currently, states are only required to submit information on the ETA 203 form, which collects demographic information on those who are receiving UI benefits (continued claims status). States struggle to provide researchers or advocates any additional information, because limited data reporting resources are focused on completing required ETA forms. ETA... more »

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Disability access for technology:

DOL should focus its technical assistance on ensuring that all unemployment insurance application websites meet WCAG 2.1 AA standards (or the most recent version of standards). These technological changes allow UI claimants with disabilities to equitably access benefits, and also represent principles of universal design that benefit the entire population. Standards include provision that give claimants enough time to... more »

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Provide closer oversight and support to improve recipiency rates

The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law offers the following ideas to support DOL's goal of ensuring everyone has equal access to unemployment insurance. As a nonpartisan civil rights organization committed to combatting racial discrimination, the Lawyers' Committee has a strong interest in removing barriers preventing people of color and immigrants from accessing unemployment insurance. The ideas we offer are... more »

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Repeal discriminatory legislation regarding UI for blind workers

Repeal Section 3309 of the Federal Unemployment Tax Act, 26 U.S.C. § 3309(b)(4), which declares that wages paid to blind employees in sheltered workshops may be excluded from benefits under the Federal Unemployment Tax Act. Many states, such as Louisiana, have adopted laws that exclude from unemployment calculation wages earned by blind individuals employed in workshops, even though blind employees at workshops are laid... more »

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PVA Voc Rehab Program Experience with UI During COVID19

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) shares the following comments about the unemployment insurance system based on the experiences of its clients and counselors in its Veterans Career Program. This program serves predominantly veterans with significant disabilities – service-connected as well as non-service-connected – along with their caregivers.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been poor coordination of the... more »

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Congress should mandate a minimum payment level.

Florida's UI benefit levels are among the lowest in the country. On average, most workers in Florida only receive about $254 a week, which is not enough to pay rent and utilities, much less to meet a family's other basic needs like food, transportation, and childcare while the breadwinner finds another job. To address this problem in Florida and other states, Congress should mandate a floor for UI benefits.

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All workers should have the protections offered by UI

Unnecessary exemptions, restrictions, and monetary eligible requirements prevent many workers, including some low-wage workers, self-employed workers, independent contractors, non-profit and church employees, gig economy workers, and farmworkers, from receiving UI. Congress should mandate that all workers have access to UI.

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