Snyder signs law making it illegal for education employees to collect unemployment during the summer
Gov. Rick Snyder signed a law last week making it illegal for employees at educational institutions to collect unemployment during the summer.
Ryan Stanton | AnnArbor.com
The statute states that if an employee has reasonable belief for employment in an upcoming term, they cannot collect unemployment benefits in between the term they last worked at the upcoming term.
State Rep. Ken Yonker proposed the bill in response to potential abuse of the MESA by a growing number of education workers who are employed by third-party contractors.
MESA already makes it illegal for a worker employed directly by an educational institution or government entity to collect unemployment during summer or winter breaks. However, the provision did not apply to third-party contractors.
According to a House Fiscal Agency report, the bill "would reduce benefit payouts from the unemployment trust fund, by an indeterminate, but not likely significant amount."