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[IWS] CRS: Unemployment Compensation (Insurance) and Military Service [24 Aprl 2013]

IWS Documented News Service

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Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach

School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies

Cornell University

16 East 34th Street, 4th floor---------------------- Stuart Basefsky

New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau

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Congressional Research Service (CRS)

 

Unemployment Compensation (Insurance) and Military Service

Julie M. Whittaker, Specialist in Income Security

April 24, 2013

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RS22440.pdf

[full-text, 9 pages]

 

Summary

The Unemployment Compensation (UC) program contains several provisions relevant to current

and former military service personnel and their families. The UC program does not provide

benefits for military servicemembers on active duty. However, former active duty military

personnel (and certain reservists) separated from active duty may be eligible for Unemployment

Compensation for Ex-Servicemembers (UCX).

 

Spouses of military service personnel who voluntarily quit a job to accompany their spouses on

account of a military transfer may be eligible for UC benefits, based on the laws of the state

where the civilian spouse was employed.

 

Military service of business owners, employees, and employees’ spouses may impact the state

unemployment tax rate that certain employers face. States may choose to create provisions that

remove or limit these tax increases in certain situations.

 

Individuals should contact their state’s unemployment agency to obtain information on how to

apply for and receive unemployment benefits based upon military service. The U.S. Department

of Labor (DOL) maintains a website with links to each state’s agency at

http://www.workforcesecurity.doleta.gov/map.asp

 

Contents

Unemployment Compensation Benefit Eligibility for Former Military Personnel ......................... 1

UCX Financing .......................................................................................................................... 1

UCX Eligibility and Benefit Level ............................................................................................ 2

Active Duty and UCX ......................................................................................................... 2

Conditions for UCX Eligibility ........................................................................................... 2

Self-Employed and Sole Proprietor Ex-Servicemembers ................................................... 3

Civilian Spouses Who Quit Employment Because of Military Spouse Transfers ........................... 3

Impact of Military Service on Employers’ State Unemployment Taxes .......................................... 5

 

Tables

Table 1. Unemployment Compensation Benefit Eligibility for Workers Who Voluntarily Quit Because of a Spousal Transfer ......................... 4

 

Contacts

Author Contact Information............................................................................................................. 5

 

 

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