Snyder to sign laws lowering worker benefit costs - WNEM TV 5

Gov. to sign laws lowering worker benefit costs

By KATHY BARKS HOFFMAN
Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder is getting ready to sign bills aimed at saving Michigan employers money on unemployment insurance and worker's compensation benefits.

He plans to sign the bills at a 3:05 p.m. Monday news conference.

The bills would further limit the ability of a person who was fired for cause or who may have left a job voluntarily from collecting jobless benefits.

They would require some unemployed workers to take jobs after 10 weeks of benefits even if the jobs are outside the unemployed worker's previous experience or pay lower wages.

The measures also would push injured workers to seek some type of employment once they're able.

Democrats say the new laws could unfairly keep hurt or jobless workers from getting benefits. Republicans say they'll cut down on fraud.

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