PA Lawmakers Target Unemployment Benefits Abusers In New Legislation

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HARRISBURG, PA. (Erie News Now) – Harrisburg lawmakers are taking aim at what they say are job-seekers who are not really looking for work; they are just going through the motions in order to keep their unemployment benefits coming in.

The State House on Wednesday passed a bill designed to deny unemployment benefits to people who seem to discourage their own hiring.

People in unemployment are not eligible for benefits for any week they do not apply for a job or if they turn down a suitable job offer.

Lawmakers said employers are complaining about people who fail to show up for interviews or just tank the interview on purpose.

The bill is intended to force people on unemployment to make a good-faith effort to get hired, supporters say. Opposing Democrats say the bill is too vague.

It now heads to the State Senate.


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