S2580 / S2609

A view of the Senate Chambers from the 2010-2011 Senate Reorganization.

24 May: Turner/Madden Legislation Refining Unemployment Benefit Instructions/Adjusting Temporary Disability Benefit Contribution Rates Clear Senate

TRENTON – Two pieces of legislation sponsored by Senators Shirley K. Turner (D-Mercer) and Fred Madden (D-Gloucester, Camden) were passed by the full Senate today. The first would refine unemployment benefit instructions. The second reduces the amount of money employees pay into the Temporary Disability Insurance fund.

The first bill, S2580, would require employers to include information detailing the time sensitivity of filing a claim for unemployment benefits in the unemployment benefit instructions that they must provide to a worker at the time the worker becomes unemployed. Currently, the law requires the Department of Labor and Workforce Development to provide unemployment filing instructions to employers, who by law are required to supply the information to employees. The Department’s information, however, does not include detailed information about the time sensitivity of filing a claim for unemployment benefits.