It has been a while since the long-term jobless have had federal unemployment benefits. Back at the end of 2013, that aid ran out – and since then, discussions have continued in Congress about how to create an extension that pleases all involved parties.

While progress has been slow, unemployment insurance is still on the minds of lawmakers, including Illinois Congressman Brad Schneider. While touring his home state, Schneider told visitors at the Illinois-based Career Resource Center that extending unemployment insurance remains one of his top priorities back in Washington, D.C.

“The Career Resource Center is an incredible resource for people in our communities looking for work, offering a breadth of services including crafting resumes and interview coaching,” he said during his visit. “These programs help people with their job search, but still many of our families, friends, and neighbors continue to depend on unemployment insurance to help bridge the gap in difficult times.”

Schneider continued to say that creating an extension isn’t only a smart policy; it is the right thing to do.

States could help unemployed land jobs
Once unemployed, many people realize just how difficult it is to find another job. Jeffrey Stinson wrote in an article for Stateline that some employers likely weed out the long-term jobless from the list of applicants – ignoring resumes from those with lengthy employment gaps.

However, some states are stepping in to help limit this practice and ensure that the national unemployment rate continues to trend down. Stinson explained that states could be a vital resource for people looking for work. For example, New York has banned businesses from purposely disregarding unemployed candidates. Washington, D.C. has a similar law in effect, where violators may be subject to a fine or lawsuit. Oregon has also outlawed employers from posting job advertisements that ask for only those with current employment to apply.

Overall, the focus by states could be a big help to those out of work. There are also services in place across the country that help the jobless with group counseling and training so they can better navigate the employment search, according to Stinson.

The goal is to make the process as easy and painless as possible – and remove some of the unemployment insurance burden off of employers.

At Corporate Cost Control, we work closely with employers across the country to better manage the nuances of unemployment insurance. Legislation changes on the state level could impact you today, and we welcome any questions or concerns you may have on a wide range of topics.


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