Missouri Supreme Court Finds UI Legislation Veto Override Unconstitutional

The Missouri Supreme Court recently struck down a law that limited maximum unemployment benefits to 13 weeks.  The law which had been vetoed by Governor Jay Nixon in May 2015 was overridden by the State Legislature.  The law, which tied benefit duration to the State’s unemployment rate, had been in effect since January 2016.  As

State Spotlight – Connecticut

Connecticut has a rich history, but you may not know these fun “first” facts: the first hamburger (1895), Polaroid camera (1934), helicopter (1939) and color television (1948) were all invented in Connecticut as was the first telephone book ever issued, which contained only fifty names. Connecticut is also home to the oldest U.S. newspaper still

Q2 2016: Quarterly UI Industry Update

As Q2 came to a close, the 35th Annual National UI Issues Conference took place in Kansas City, MO. Here are a few highlights from the national program perspective of the UI Program Update, prepared by Gay M. Gilbert with the US Department of Labor, the Office of Unemployment Insurance, and the Employment and Training

State Spotlight – Mississippi

When speaking of Mississippi, you might think of the nation’s largest river, sometimes called Old Man River.   Elvis fans may know that Tupelo, Mississippi was his birthplace.   And those of us with inquisitive children might have heard the story of Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt who refused to shoot a bear while hunting in Sharkey

The History of the Unemployment System

The United States unemployment system is very complex. To better understand it, let’s take a step back in history.  Our modern unemployment system has roots in the Great Depression, when wide-spread unemployment impacted our nation for the first time.  States began to recognize the need for a structured social assistance program to provide financial aid

UI Vocabulary – Able and Available

This week, we continue our year-long Unemployment Vocabulary series with the concept of “able and available.” Let’s face it. If you don’t work in the unemployment industry, some of the terminology may be hard to follow, but it’s important to know the “lingo” to understand what’s going on within your company’s unemployment program. So what does “able

State spotlight – Ohio

Ohio, sometimes referred to as the “Mother of Modern Presidents” was the birthplace of seven U.S. Presidents. Ohio was also the birthplace of other notable American figures including Annie Oakley, Neil Armstrong, Clark Gable and Steve Spielberg. In addition, the state is home to both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Pro

UI Myth Busters – Part Time Employees Aren’t Unemployed

This week, we continue our series called “Unemployment Myth Busters.” There are a lot of common misconceptions about how unemployment works. We are tackling some of the most common and debunking the falsehoods related to unemployment. Myth: Part Time Workers are Not Unemployed One of the more confusing topics in the world of unemployment insurance

UI Vocabulary – The Final Incident

Today, we continue our year-long series called Unemployment Vocabulary this week. If you do not work within the unemployment industry, some of the terminology utilized may be challenging to follow. It’s important to know the “lingo” to be sure that you understand what is going on within your company’s unemployment program. This week, we’re looking