Mass. Gov. Files Bill to Overhaul Municipal Unemployment Insurance

Jan 9, 2013

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick has filed a bill aimed at overhauling municipal unemployment insurance.

The legislation filed Wednesday would limit access to unemployment for a worker who retires and begins collecting a pension, then later returns to work for a municipality. Other provisions include preventing municipalities from being charged for wages earned by election workers who make less than $1,000 a year.

The legislation grew out of a task force Patrick convened last year to review unemployment insurance issues raised by municipalities.

The legislation comes a day after Patrick said he would push to freeze unemployment insurance rates for Massachusetts businesses for the fourth year in row. He said that would save employers about $500 million.

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