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First Regular Session of the 121st

H.P. 195 - L.D. 240

An Act to Ensure that Maine's Unemployment System is Responsive to the Needs of Today's Workforce

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

     Sec. 1. 26 MRSA §1192, sub-§3, as repealed and replaced by PL 1983, c. 816, Pt. A, §22, is amended to read:

     3. Is able and available for work. He The individual is able to work and is available for full-time work at his the individual's usual or customary trade, occupation, profession or business or in such other trade, occupation, profession or business for which his the individual's prior training or experience shows him the individual to be fitted or qualified; and in addition to having complied with subsection 2 is himself actively seeking work in accordance with the regulations of the commission; provided that no ineligibility may be found solely because the claimant is unable to accept employment on a shift, the greater part of which falls between the hours of midnight to 5 a.m., and is unavailable for that employment because of parental obligation, the need to care for an immediate family member, or the unavailability of a personal care attendant required to assist the unemployed individual who is a handicapped person; and provided that an unemployed individual who is neither able nor available for work due to good cause as determined by the deputy shall be is eligible to receive prorated benefits for that portion of the week during which he the individual was able and available;.

     Sec. 2. Appropriations and allocations. The following appropriations and allocations are made.

Unemployment Compensation Benefit
Account 0245

Initiative: Allocates funds to provide for the additional cost of providing unemployment benefits to persons who are unavailable for full-time work under certain circumstances.
Employment Security Trust Fund 2003-04 2004-05

Effective September 13, 2003, unless otherwise indicated.

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