1.Waiver of rights void; penalty.
Any agreement by an individual to waive, release or commute his rights to benefits
or any other rights under this chapter shall be void. Any agreement by an individual
in the employ of any person or concern to pay all or any portion of an employer's
contributions, required under this chapter from such employer, shall be void. No employer
shall directly or indirectly make or require or accept any deduction from wages to
finance the employer's contributions required from him, or require or accept any waiver
of any right hereunder by any individual in his employ.
Any employer or officer or agent of an employer who violates any provision of this
subsection shall, for each offense, be guilty of a Class E crime.
1979, c. 515, §6 (AMD)
2.Limitation of fees; penalty.
No individual claiming benefits shall be charged fees of any kind in any proceeding
under this chapter by the commission or its representatives or by any court or any
officer thereof unless otherwise provided by Title 5, section 8001 et seq. Any individual
claiming benefits in any proceeding before the commission or a court may be represented
by counsel or other duly authorized agent; but no such counsel or agents shall either
charge or receive for such services more than an amount approved by the commission.
In the event a claimant has retained counsel for the purpose of prosecuting an appeal
from a decision of the commission, and the final decision of such court results in
a reversal, in whole or in part, of the decision appealed from, the fees for such
service shall be paid by the commissioner from his administrative fund.
Any person who violates any provision of this subsection shall be guilty of a Class
1979, c. 651, §6 (AMD)
3.No assignment of benefits; exemptions.
Any assignment, pledge or encumbrance of any right to benefits which are or may become
due or payable under this chapter shall be void. Such rights to benefits shall be
exempt from levy, execution, attachment or any other remedy whatsoever provided for
the collection of debt. Benefits received by any individual, so long as they are not
mingled with other funds of the recipient, shall be exempt from any remedy whatsoever
for the collection of all debts except debts incurred for necessaries furnished to
such individual or his spouse or dependents during the time when such individual was
unemployed. No waiver of any exemption provided for in this subsection shall be valid.
1965, c. 294, (AMD).
1977, c. 694, §467 (AMD).
1979, c. 515, §§6-8 (AMD).
1979, c. 579, §5 (AMD).
1979, c. 651, §§6,47 (AMD).
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