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Proposal Could Provide Unemployment Benefits For Those Still On The Job

ROCKFORD - A state Senator proposes a bill he claims will save the state money and avoid layoffs.

ROCKFORD - A state Senator proposes a bill he claims will save the state money and avoid layoffs.

Sen. Steve Stadelman (D-34th) introduced Senate Bill 3530, which will provide "shared-work benefits" for employees in Illinois.  It works by allowing businesses who are struggling to temporarily reduce the work hours for its employees instead of laying them off.  In turn, those affected employees can collect reduced unemployment benefits while still working part-time.

"Chrysler's layoff of 325 workers at the Belvidere Assembly Plant just last week suggests our economic recovery is still fragile" says Stadelman.  "Work-share legislation is a triple win... businesses get to keep already-trained employees on staff and employees get to keep their jobs... the state wins too by saving money that would have been paid to laid-off workers drawing full benefits."

Chrysler initially laid off its workers for one week.  But, the company extended them for a second week.

Similar bills have been implemented in more than a dozen states.

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