Nebraska Employment Law Update – March 2017

Nebraska

Unemployment Insurance – Maximum Annual Unemployment Benefits, Disqualification from Benefits, and Notice

On March 29, 2017, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts signed legislation (L.B. 203) amending the state’s unemployment compensation law with regards to maximum annual unemployment benefits and disqualification from benefits.

Pursuant to the bill, for any benefit year beginning on or after October 1, 2018, an individual is entitled to benefits of 26 times his or her weekly benefit amount or one-third of his or her wages as employed per calendar quarter, whichever is less. However, when an individual is separated from employment under the following conditions, benefits are reduced as follows:

  • If the claimant was disqualified for benefits due to leaving work voluntarily without good cause, the total benefit amount is reduced by:
    • Two times the weekly benefit amount if the individual left work voluntarily to accept previously secured, full-time, insured work, which the individual does accept; or
    • Thirteen times the weekly benefit amount if the individual left work voluntarily without good cause for any reason other than previously described.
  • If the claimant is separated from employment due to discharge for misconduct, the weekly benefit amount is reduced by 14 times the weekly benefit amount.

Instead of the 13-week waiting period for voluntary quits without good cause required under current law, the bill establishes that for any benefit year beginning on or after October 1, 2018, an individual is disqualified for benefits for the week in which the individual left work voluntarily without good cause and for all subsequent weeks until that individual has earned wages of at least four times his or her weekly benefit amount and has separated from the most recent subsequent employment under nondisqualifying conditions.

A temporary employee of a temp firm is defined as leaving work voluntarily without good cause if that employee does not contact the firm for reassignment following completion of an assignment when advised to do so.

The bill also provides that claimants may elect to receive notice of a claim determination electronically.

Read NE L.B. 203