For Immediate Release
HARRISBURG – The Senate on Tuesday approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Pat Vance (R-Cumberland/York) that would prevent retirees from receiving unemployment compensation payments for leaving a temporary job in order to remain eligible for pension, retirement or annuity benefits.
Senate Bill 297 now goes to the House for its consideration.
“About a year ago it came to my attention that retired state employees who are hired back as annuitants are able to collect unemployment on top of their pension and additional salary for the temporary work,” Vance said. “Because they can only work a maximum of 95 days for the state per calendar year, current unemployment law considers annuitants involuntarily terminated from their jobs. The past three years 638 state annuitants collected $2.77 million in unemployment benefits. It only makes sense to close this loophole.”
The bill would amend the Unemployment Compensation Law to make those who voluntarily leave employment to prevent a reduction in their pension, retirement, annuity or other similar benefits ineligible for unemployment.
Vance’s district includes all of Cumberland County and Carroll, Fairview, Franklin, Monaghan, Warrington and Washington townships and Dillsburg, Franklintown and Wellsville boroughs in York County.