Rep. Jay Hoffman

Filed: 11/28/2016





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 1941, AS AMENDED,
3by replacing everything after the enacting clause with the
5    "Section 5. The Unemployment Insurance Act is amended by
6adding Section 409.5 as follows:
7    (820 ILCS 405/409.5 new)
8    Sec. 409.5. Extended benefits program for the steel
9manufacturing industry.
10    A. As used in this Section:
11    "Eligibility period" means the period consisting of the
12weeks in an individual's benefit year which begin in the
13extended benefit period and, if his or her benefit year ends
14within such extended benefit period, any weeks thereafter which
15begin in such period.
16    "Extended benefits period" means the period beginning



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1December 1, 2015 and ending December 1, 2017.
2    B. An individual whose unemployment is attributable to a
3layoff from a steel manufacturing industry employer shall be
4eligible to receive extended benefits pursuant to this Section
5for any week which begins in his or her eligibility period if,
6with respect to such week, he or she: (1) has met the
7requirements of Section 500E of this Act; (2) is an exhaustee
8as determined under subsection C of this Section; and (3)
9except when the result would be inconsistent with the
10provisions of this Section, has satisfied the requirements of
11this Act for the receipt of regular benefits.
12    C. An individual is an exhaustee with respect to a week
13which begins in his or her eligibility period if:
14        1. Prior to such week (a) he or she has received, with
15    respect to his or her current benefit year that includes
16    such week, the maximum total amount of benefits to which he
17    or she was entitled under the provisions of Section 403B,
18    and all of the regular benefits (including dependents'
19    allowances) to which he or she had entitlement (if any) on
20    the basis of wages or employment under any other State
21    unemployment compensation law; or (b) he or she has
22    received all the regular benefits available to him or her
23    with respect to his or her current benefit year that
24    includes such week, under this Act and under any other
25    State unemployment compensation law, after a cancellation
26    of some or all of his or her wage credits or the partial or



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1    total reduction of his or her regular benefit rights; or
2    (c) his or her benefit year terminated, and he or she
3    cannot meet the qualifying wage requirements of Section
4    500E of this Act or the qualifying wage or employment
5    requirements of any other State unemployment compensation
6    law to establish a new benefit year which would include
7    such week or, having established a new benefit year that
8    includes such week, he or she is ineligible for regular
9    benefits by reason of Section 607 of this Act or a like
10    provision of any other State unemployment compensation
11    law; and
12        2. For such week, he or she is not receiving federal
13    Trade Readjustment Allowance benefits.
14    For the purposes of clauses (a) and (b) of paragraph 1 of
15this subsection, an individual shall be deemed to have
16received, with respect to his or her current benefit year, the
17maximum total amount of benefits to which he or she was
18entitled or all of the regular benefits to which he or she had
19entitlement, or all of the regular benefits available to him or
20her, as the case may be, even though (a) as a result of a
21pending reconsideration or appeal with respect to the "finding"
22defined in Section 701, or of a pending appeal with respect to
23wages or employment or both under any other State unemployment
24compensation law, he or she may subsequently be determined to
25be entitled to more regular benefits; or (b) by reason of a
26seasonality provision in a State unemployment compensation law



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1which establishes the weeks of the year for which regular
2benefits may be paid to individuals on the basis of wages in
3seasonal employment he or she may be entitled to regular
4benefits for future weeks but such benefits are not payable
5with respect to the week for which he or she is claiming
6extended benefits, provided that he or she is otherwise an
7exhaustee under the provisions of this subsection with respect
8to his or her rights to regular benefits, under such
9seasonality provision, during the portion of the year in which
10that week occurs; or (c) having established a benefit year, no
11regular benefits are payable to him or her with respect to such
12year because his or her wage credits were cancelled or his or
13her rights to regular benefits were totally reduced by reason
14of the application of a disqualification provision of a State
15unemployment compensation law.
16    An individual shall not cease to be an exhaustee with
17respect to any week solely because he or she meets the
18qualifying wage requirements of Section 500E for a part of such
20    D. An individual eligible for extended benefits under this
21Section shall be entitled to a maximum total amount of extended
22benefits equal to 26 times the individual's weekly extended
23benefit amount. The weekly extended benefit amount shall be the
24same as the weekly benefit amount of regular unemployment
25benefits, plus dependents' allowances, to which he or she was
26entitled to receive under Section 403B during his or her



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1applicable benefit year, provided the amount of regular
2benefits and extended benefits received do not exceed the total
3wages for insured work paid to such individual during the
4individual's base period.
5    E. The provisions of Section 607 and the waiting period
6requirements of Section 500D shall not be applicable to any
7week with respect to which benefits are otherwise payable under
8this Section.
9    F. No employer shall be chargeable for the extended
10benefits paid under this Section.
11    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
12becoming law.".