Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: February
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.
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