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Old 12-17-2012, 12:43 PM
Horizon Jay Horizon Jay is offline
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Unemployment Benefit Payout Changes & How To Deal With Them

Hello all! I am a newbie to the site. (signed up today actually as I am scrambling for some info) This is a pretty localized post concerning Indiana legislature changes but keep reading as some of you may be faced with similar issues in the near future, or may have already. Basically I am finding out now (yes I should be more active with law changes etc so please don't respond with that helpful info) that on July 1st our unemployment benefits payout plan was changed. A seasonal employee no longer qualifies for "special" treatment. A call back date does not matter. Currently in Indiana the unemployment benefits are based off of income earned from July 2011-June 2012. The total earned income is divided by *52* and then multiplied by 0.47 . Which we are finding out means you dont get paid $%#&. This is creating problems for us. It used to be based on time off and call back date. The total was divided by 12 or 16 and meant much larger checks. We are a small company and cannot afford to keep our employees busy year round. We do Christmas lights, snow removal etc but our revenue does not provide enough room for a lot of shop work. So like most landscape contractors in my area, we lay off our employees in the winter (subject to call back for snow, if & when it snows). So now my employees are finding out that their benefits have been cut in half (in some cases more) and most are receiving $100 or less a week. This is a drastic change from what they were earning in the past winter months and comes as quite the shock. I look like the bad guy (for not being better informed on legislature and providing no notice/// LESSON LEARNED) and now they HAVE to look for a job. They cant live off of the measly checks they are receiving. So now I'm in a bigger pinch. If it snows, I need employees. If they find better jobs, they might not come back. This has basically created major issues with not only my co but other local seasonal & landscape co as well. The only way to change this is for us to contact our state representatives and let them know: This is not working! If your in Indiana and faced with this please respond or contact me. If you are in another state and have HELPFUL advice on how you have dealt with similar issues please chime in. Thank you!
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