New program to offer pro-rated unemployment benefits for workers with reduced hours

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

A program being implemented this fall by the Nebraska Department of Labor will give businesses across the state a new alternative to layoffs when economic times are tight.

The short-time compensation program, which takes effect Oct. 1, will extend partial unemployment benefits to groups of people who are still working, but whose hours have been trimmed by cost-saving employers.

Created by the Legislature in 2014, the program won’t replace workers’ lost wages dollar for dollar, but it allows them to keep at least part of their regular paychecks and avoid having to search for another job, said Nebraska Labor Commissioner John Albin.

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