Amend the Unemployment Compensation Laws

Last updated: Mar 10, 2020

Details about this bill
Category: Wage and Labor
Status: In House
Sponsor: Senator Shenna Bellows, Senate 14 - Kennebec County
Session: 129
Bill #: LD 1911




This bill makes the following changes to the laws governing unemployment compensation.

1. Current law provides that, beginning January 1, 2022, benefits paid to an individual under the laws governing unemployment compensation must be charged against the experience rating record of the claimant's employers in a ratio inversely proportional to the claimant's employment beginning with the most recent employer. This bill strikes that language and instead restores the previous language governing the employer benefit charging model.

2. It provides that the experience rating record of the most recent subject employer may not be charged with benefits paid to a claimant whose work record with that employer totals 5 or fewer consecutive weeks.

3. It provides that, in the absence of an application for redetermination filed within 30 days after the mailing of notification of benefits paid and chargeable to the employer's experience rating, the notification is conclusive and binding. Under the bill, any request for reconsideration must be made under the laws governing appeals of determination or assessment.

4. It replaces references to the Unemployment Insurance Commission with references to the Division of Administrative Hearings to conform with changes made in Public Law 2017, chapter 284, Part AAAAA.