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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Unemployment benefits. Requires the department of workforce development to make a determination of eligibility for unemployment benefits and make payment or give notice of a negative determination not later than three weeks after the claim for benefits is filed, with certain exceptions. Requires the department to collect certain periodic statistical information concerning the payment of unemployment claims and provide a report to the legislative council. Establishes an alternative method of determining the base period for benefits. Provides that an individual who is otherwise eligible for benefits is not ineligible because the individual is: (1) a part-time worker; or (2) available for or seeking part-time work as long as the part-time work is for at least 20 hours per week. Provides that under certain circumstances, the definition of "wages" for unemployment compensation does not include $9,000 paid in a calendar year to an individual by an employer or the employer's predecessor. Repeals the one week waiting period for payment of benefits. Makes conforming changes.