Monday, November 30, 2015

No more "triple-dipping"

No more "triple-dipping"



There is one thing all members of the Pennsylvania House agree on: retired state employees who come back to work for a short period of time and then leave again should not be able to collect unemployment benefits.

It's been dubbed "triple dipping," and it has cost the state tens of millions of dollars over the years.

So House members voted unanimously earlier today to pass a bill to end that practice. The measure targets state workers who have retired, are collecting pensions, but then are brought back to work for the state on a temporary basis.

Here is where it gets a bit complicated. Because the state only allows those employees to work up to 95 days if they want to keep their pensions, they become eligible to claim  jobless benefits once those 95 days are up.

The bill that passed the House today, which now heads to the Senate, would prohibit unemployment benefits for those retirees.
The bill's prime sponsor, Juniata County state Rep. Adam Harris, said that in 2011, 239 state retirees collected more than $1.1 million in benefits after coming back to work for a few months and then retiring again, according to the Associated Press.

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