On December 2, the Illinois House of Representatives is scheduled to consider an unemployment insurance reform bill sponsored by a local lawmaker. State Representative Jay Hoffman (D-Swansea) says Senate bill 1941 represents an agreement between business and labor groups and makes several important changes.
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Specifically, Hoffman says the bill will eliminate the social security offset, which reduced unemployed workers’ weekly benefits by 50 percent of their social security payments each week. The change is expected to increase benefits by $25 million per year for Illinois seniors. Also, the bill prevents workers who are fired for misconduct from receiving unemployment benefits by expanding the definition of misconduct.