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

Examples of unemployment compensation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For many, what's happening is that temporary tax breaks for 2020 on unemployment compensation are no longer available on 2021 tax returns. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 9 Mar. 2022 Some 430,000 refunds totaling more than $510 million were issued to people who paid taxes on unemployment compensation that was ultimately excluded from income for tax year 2020. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 2 Nov. 2021 Tara Hutchison, spokeswoman for the DOL, said the state’s unemployment compensation system uses a different system. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, 30 June 2022 May 24 that an unknown person tried to file an unemployment compensation case in his name. Hank Beckman, Chicago Tribune, 27 May 2022 In Alabama, people can draw up to $275 a week in unemployment compensation for up to 14 weeks. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, 12 Apr. 2022 Alabama’s plan applies 36% of the money to expand broadband internet access, 29% for water and sewer projects, 20% for health care services, and 10% to support the trust fund that pays unemployment compensation. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, 10 Apr. 2022 Attorney’s Office works with state labor officials to identify, investigate, and prosecute fraud in the unemployment compensation program. Jesse Leavenworth, Hartford Courant, 16 May 2022 His father was a lawyer and state unemployment compensation commissioner. Washington Post, 5 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unemployment compensation

1935, in the meaning defined above

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1 Aug 2022

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“Unemployment compensation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unemployment%20compensation. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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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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