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Unemployment Insurance for Part-time workers

    The news about job cuts and unemployment is getting downright depressing. Here's some good news for workers: If you're a part-timer and lose your job, you may have a better chance at collecting unemployment.

    The new Economic Stimulus Legislation, which is on its way to the Senate, would give states incentives to make it easier for part-time workers to qualify for unemployment benefits. It also provide benefits to people leaving work for a “compelling family reason” such as domestic violence and the illness or disability of a member of the individual’s immediate family.

    An update to the system is a win-win for workers and employers, says Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Washington, who has been a leading advocate for unemployment insurance reforms.McDermott said in a statement this month. “When we enable more unemployed workers to qualify for the unemployment insurance program, we put cash into the pockets of struggling families who will spend this money in their communities, supporting local jobs and businesses.”

     Others are wary of efforts to overhaul the unemployment insurance program, according to Workforce Management. They feel bigger benefit checks eventually could mean tax increases on businesses.

     Do you think allowing part-timers to collect unemployment helps struggling families? Or, will it create an unnecessary  burden on government and businesses?