Lawmakers to tackle issue of benefits for jobless seniors

Lawmakers to tackle issue of benefits for jobless seniors

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SALT LAKE CITY -- State lawmakers are thinking about putting an end to partial unemployment benefits for those who also receive Social Security retirement benefits.

In Utah, people older than 65 who get Social Security checks but still work and get laid off are given some unemployment benefits.

That could change next year when the law that allows the senior unemployment benefits expires. Lawmakers will need to decide whether to renew it.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports a big debate on the topic is brewing on Capitol Hill. Those who represent seniors say cutting the unemployment benefit would be close to discrimination. Those supporting Utah's employers, who pay for unemployment insurance, want the law changed.

The Tribune reports a key state advisory council split 5-5 on the issue in August. The Workforce Services and Community and Economic Development Interim Committee is set to discuss the issue Sept. 16.

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