Unemployment Insurance:

Need To Reduce Unequal Treatment of Claimants and Improve Benefit Payment Controls and Tax Collections

HRD-78-1: Published: Apr 5, 1978. Publicly Released: Apr 5, 1978.

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Unemployment insurance primarily provides temporary protection for qualified workers who lose jobs until they can either be rehired or find new employment. Although federal involvement has increased, program administration varies among jurisdictions, resulting in unequal treatment of claimants and in substantial costs to the unemployment insurance program.

There are no uniform standards to determine who is eligible for unemployment insurance benefits and what amounts can be received. Greater effort is needed to assure that claimants look for work. Control of overpayments is weak, and improvements are needed to recover overpayments. Improvements are also needed in measuring payment timeliness and in tax collection efforts.

Matter for Congressional Consideration

  1. Status: Closed

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    Matter: Congress should establish uniform eligibility standards and methods for determining benefit amounts so that all claimants are treated equally.

Recommendation for Executive Action

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    Recommendation: The Secretary of Labor should: (1) disseminate results of new work test procedures which have been successful; (2) encourage jurisdictions to establish special work test units; (3) encourage jurisdictions to implement wage reporting to assure that data are available in all jurisdictions to identify overpayments through crossmatching; (4) take appropriate steps to encourage jurisdictions to adopt the model crossmatch system; (5) encourage jurisdictions to establish programs to detect overpayments to various groups of individuals, such as full-time students; (6) encourage jurisdictions to develop and implement more aggressive techniques for recovering overpayments; (7) revise regulations so that all jurisdictions measure timeliness and are evaluated in the same way; (8) develop timeliness standards for payments made to ex-service personnel and federal employees; (9) encourage jurisdictions to adopt laws that provide agency officials with adequate authority to collect taxes; and (10) require jurisdictions to develop and use more aggressive tax collection techniques.

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