H.R. 2167 (100th): Railroad Unemployment Insurance and Retirement Improvement Act of 1987

Apr 23, 1987 (100th Congress, 1987–1988)
Died (Passed House)
Thomas Luken
Representative for Ohio's 1st congressional district
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This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on November 9, 1987 but was never passed by the Senate.

Introduced Apr 23, 1987
Referred to Committee Apr 23, 1987
Reported by Committee May 06, 1987
Passed House Nov 09, 1987
Full Title

A bill to amend the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act to assure sufficient resources to pay benefits under that Act, to increase the maximum daily benefit provided under that Act, and for other purposes.


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3 cosponsors (2R, 1D) (show)

House Energy and Commerce

House Ways and Means

Human Resources

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11/9/1987--Passed House amended.
(Measure passed House, amended, roll call #420 (366-24)) Railroad Unemployment Insurance and Retirement Improvement Act of 1987 -
Title I - Financing Provisions
Amends the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act to redefine compensation to provide that in computing the compensation paid to any employee, no part of any month's compensation in excess of the monthly compensation base shall be recognized.
Establishes a formula for such monthly compensation base.
Directs the Railroad Retirement Board (the Board) to:
(1) compute the monthly compensation base according to certain guidelines;
(2) compute the maximum daily benefit rate applicable to days of unemployment and sickness; and
(3) publish notice of such computation in the Federal Register. Revises the guidelines for employers' contributions.
Sets forth a special transition rule for public commuter railroads with respect to each of calendar years 1988 and 1989 to provide that such a carrier's contribution shall be equal to the amount of benefits attributable to such carrier (thus allowing such carriers to cover their unemployment and sickness costs in the Railroad Unemployment Compensation Program on a "reimbursable basis" for such years).
Requires the Board to maintain an individual employer record for each employer, and the records necessary to determine pooled charges and pooled credits, as well as unallocated balances for the system.
Provides for the combining of joint individual employer records upon the employers' request in the event of a merger, consolidation, unification, or reorganization.
Establishes a 12 percent employer contribution limit (or 12.5 percent when a 3.5 surtax is in effect).
Revises the guidelines for employee representatives' contributions to require that such a representative pay a contribution relating to so much of the compensation paid for representation services as is not in excess of a specified monthly compensation base.
Extends certain remedies to an employer or employee representative who contests the contribution rate made applicable to him or her by the Board. Establishes deadlines by which the Board shall proclaim certain account balances, pooled ratios, and surcharge rates.
Requires the Board to publish notice of such proclamations in the Federal Register. Increases from 0.5 to 0.65 the percentage of employer and employee contributions which must be credited to the railroad unemployment insurance administration fund.
Requires the Board to:
(1) notify the base year employer when an employee files a claim for benefits;
(2) afford such employer opportunity to respond before making an initial determination on such claim; and
(3) notify such employer when the Board initially makes a determination to make benefit payments under a claim.
Prescribes guidelines for administrative and judicial review of Board determinations to make payments under a claim.
Requires the Board to report annually to the Congress regarding the financial status of the railroad unemployment insurance system.
Amends the Internal Revenue Code regarding railroad unemployment repayment tax to impose:
(1) an excise tax upon every rail employer equal to four percent of total rail wages paid per month; and
(2) an income tax upon rail employee representatives equal to four percent of rail wages paid to them each month.
Terminates such tax if loans to the railroad unemployment fund are repaid.
Provides for the continuation of certain surtax rates through 1989.
Makes such taxes applicable to remuneration paid after December 31, 1988.
Directs the Comptroller General to report to the Congress the results of a study concerning the frequency of fraud and payment errors in the railroad unemployment compensation program.
Title II - Benefit and Other Adjustments
Increases the waiting period for unemployment and sickness benefits from four to nine days during the first registration period within a benefit year in which the employee has more than four days of unemployment and for each day of unemployment in excess of four during any other benefit period in the same benefit year.
Excludes nine days of sickness in the first registration period during a benefit year and four days of sickness in any other registration period when computing sickness benefits.
Amends the daily unemployment or sickness benefit rates to prohibit daily benefits from exceeding:
(1) $24.00 until July 1, 1987; and
(2) $30.00 for registration periods beginning after June 30, 1987, but before July 1, 1988.
Requires the Board to compute a maximum daily rate that shall be a minimum of $30.00.
Redefines "qualified employee" to mean an employee who received compensation with respect to each of not less than six months in the base year, if such compensation will not have been less than five times the monthly compensation base.
Increases from $10.00 to $15.00 the maximum permitted subsidiary remuneration.
Title III - Retirement Act Amendments
Entitles certain employees to a specified lump sum benefit equal to the employee's contribution to the retirement fund made from compensation for which the employee did not receive service credit.
Restricts such lump-sum payment to employees with at least ten years' service and who are retiring.
Eliminates as a disqualifier for annuity benefits any compensated service rendered after receipt of annuity benefits to the annuitant's last employer.
Repeals the requirement that an annuitant relinquish all rights to return to the service of the person by whom the annuitant was last employed in order to qualify for annuity benefits.
Increases the earnings limit for disability annuitants from $200 a month to $400 a month (and from $2,400 a year to $4,800 a year).
Redefines "war service period" to provide that the period June 15, 1948, to December 15, 1950, shall be deemed a war service period with respect to persons who returned to railroad employment without an intervening employment following military service.

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