Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: February 16, 2010
Sen. Jim Wilson
Committee Passes Measure to Assist Part Time Employees
A bill to help give part time employees a financial boost by providing
them with unemployment insurance payments was approved unanimously
Monday by the Senate Business and Labor Committee. Senate Bill 1385,
by Sen. Jim
Wilson, would authorize the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission
to create a voluntary Shared Work Unemployment Compensation Program.
"This is one possible solution to the high unemployment rates
we’ve been seeing in our state. It's a win-win for both employers
and employees during these tough economic times," said Wilson,
D-Tahlequah. "It would save employers money by allowing them
to cut workers' hours instead of laying them off. Employees would
also be able to better afford working part time because their benefits
would be paid for under this new program."
To be eligible for the program, employers would have to submit written
shared work plans to the Commission for approval and would also
have to agree to provide the Commission with future reports relating
to the operation of those plans.
SB 1385 will next be considered by the full Senate.
For more information contact:
Sen. Wilson: 405-521-5574