unemployment compensation


Definition of unemployment compensation

: compensation paid at regular intervals (as by a government agency) to an unemployed worker and especially one who has been laid off

called also unemployment benefit

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The former include social security checks, unemployment compensation, retirement benefits, payments to farmers, interest on the debt, and many others. David Osborne, Twin Cities, "David Osborne: ‘Privatization’ isn’t what makes charter schools bad. It’s what makes them good.," 26 June 2019 In 1972, supporters believed the amendment would invalidate widespread discrimination, including laws that restricted a woman’s right to buy or sell property and employers’ policies that denied unemployment compensation to pregnant workers. Matthew Haag, New York Times, "Illinois Ratifies the Equal Rights Amendment. One More to Go. Wait, What?," 31 May 2018 At an unemployment compensation hearing last month, an outside lawyer retained by the House presented screen shots of Woodring’s Facebook posts about Miccarelli. Philly.com, "Onetime Pa. House employee claims he was fired for sticking up for embattled state rep," 2 May 2018 Meanwhile, initial claims for unemployment compensation fell to 215,000, the lowest level since 1973, the Labor Department said Thursday. Daniel Kruger, WSJ, "U.S. Government Bonds Gain as Inflation Expectations Weaken," 29 Mar. 2018 The arrest followed an investigation into a complaint by the state Department of Labor, which administers the unemployment compensation program. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "Man Charged With Collecting Unemployment While In Prison," 14 Mar. 2018 Initial claims are first-time applications for unemployment compensation benefits from those who have lost their jobs. William Thornton, AL.com, "Alabama's initial jobless claims lowest in 44 years," 1 Feb. 2018 Sherman’s testimony came in a hearing in which former Chief Financial Officer Jason Tomlinson appealed the foundation’s refusal to pay unemployment compensation after he was fired in July. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "University of Louisville Foundation's tax-exempt status could be at risk, director says," 13 Dec. 2017 By contrast, large programs, such as unemployment compensation or food stamps, officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, could trigger bigger political fights. Louise Radnofsky, WSJ, "After Push on Taxes, Republicans Line Up Welfare Revamp Next," 5 Dec. 2017

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1935, in the meaning defined above

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unemployment compensation

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Legal Definition of unemployment compensation

: compensation paid at regular intervals (as by a state agency) to an unemployed worker and especially one who has been laid off

called also unemployment benefit

Note: Unemployment compensation is usually a fixed percentage of the former wages of an unemployed worker.

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