Governor Corbett signed a measure, SB 1030, that ensures the continuation of a federally funded, 13- week period of extended unemployment compensation benefits, according to a statement from his office.
The measure also contains revisions to the UC law aimed at lowering costs in the system. Business leaders estimate the changes will save $133 million annually. Some of the changes include:
- Capping increases in the maximum weekly benefit, requiring those with large severance packages to exhaust severance pay before receiving UC benefits;
- Create a new shared-work program similar to laws in 21 other states allowing employers to avoid layoffs by reducing the hours of their workers who would receive pro-rated UC benefits for those lost work hours; and
- Require unemployed workers to search for work in order to receive UC benefits.