An Act To Implement a Maine Unemployment Insurance Work-sharing Program
Sec. 1. 26 MRSA §1198 is enacted to read:
§ 1198. Work-sharing benefits
For the purposes of this subsection, "good cause" includes, but is not limited to, failure to comply with assurances given in the work-sharing plan, unreasonable revision of productivity standards for the affected unit, conduct or occurrences tending to defeat the intent and effective operation of the plan and violation of any criteria on which approval of the plan was based.
Notwithstanding any other provisions of this chapter, an eligible employee is deemed unemployed in any week for which remuneration is payable to that eligible employee as an eligible employee in an affected unit for less than that eligible employee's normal weekly hours of work as specified under the approved work-sharing plan in effect for the week.
Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Title, an eligible employee may not be denied work-sharing benefits for any week by reason of the application of laws and rules relating to the availability for work and active search for work with an employer other than the work-sharing employer.
Sec. 2. Reports. The Commissioner of Labor shall provide the proposed rules implementing the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 26, section 1198 for review by the Joint Standing Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development by January 15, 2012. The Commissioner of Labor shall report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over labor matters on the implementation and status of the work-sharing program implemented pursuant to Title 26, section 1198 by January 15, 2014.
Sec. 3. Effective date. That section of this Act that enacts the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 26, section 1198 takes effect March 1, 2012.