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October 21, 2013

State Senate moves today on retiree benefit reforms

HARRISBURG — The state Senate today unanimously approved legislation to end so-called “triple dipping” of Unemployment Compensation benefits by retirees.

The practice involves an individual who collects a public pension or private retirement benefit while returning to temporary work, only to collect unemployment compensation when leaving the job.

State Sen. John R. Gordner, R-27, chairman of the Senate Labor and Industry Committee, said House Bill 421 is needed to preserve benefits for those temporarily out of work through no fault of their own.

“Under current law, there is no prohibition against an individual collecting unemployment if he or she leaves a temporary job to continue retirement or annuity benefits,” Gordner said.

“In the past three years, more than 600 state retirees have returned to work on a temporary basis, and have then collected $2 million in benefits while receiving a state pension.”

House Bill 421 now returns to the House for concurrence on Senate amendments, and is expected to be presented to Governor Tom Corbett for his signature in the near future.

“We’ve made great strides in the past two years to reform our Unemployment Compensation system, and we must continue to ensure that the system is strong to provide benefits to those who truly qualify,” Gordner said.

 

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