S. 1646 (111th): Keep Americans Working Act

Introduced:
Aug 07, 2009 (111th Congress, 2009–2010)
Status:
Died (Referred to Committee)
See Instead:

H.R. 4135 (same title)
Referred to Committee — Nov 19, 2009

Sponsor
John “Jack” Reed
Senior Senator from Rhode Island
Party
Democrat
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Last Updated
Aug 07, 2009
Length
14 pages
Related Bills
H.R. 4135 (identical)

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Nov 19, 2009

S. 2831 (Related)
Helping Unemployed Workers Act

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Dec 03, 2009

 
Status

This bill was introduced on August 7, 2009, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Progress
Introduced Aug 07, 2009
Referred to Committee Aug 07, 2009
 
Full Title

A bill to keep Americans working by strengthening and expanding short-time compensation programs that provide employers with an alternative to layoffs.

Summary

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Cosponsors
7 cosponsors (6D, 1I) (show)
Committees

Senate Finance

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Library of Congress Summary

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8/7/2009--Introduced.
Keep Americans Working Act - Declares that the purpose of this Act is to keep Americans working by strengthening and expanding short-time compensation programs that provide employers with an alternative to layoffs.
Requires the Secretary of Labor to: (1) provide guidance to states in enacting short-term compensation programs; and (2) award start-up grants to state agencies in states that have enacted programs and meet certain requirements.
Amends the Internal Revenue Code to define "short-time compensation program" as one in which:
(1) participation of an employer is voluntary;
(2) an employer reduces the number of hours worked by employees through certifying that such reductions are in lieu of temporary layoffs;
(3) an employee whose workweek that has been reduced by at least 10% is eligible for unemployment compensation;
(4) an eligible employee may participate in an employer-sponsored job skills training program; and
(5) an employer is required to certify that continuation of employee health and retirement benefits will not be affected by participation in the program.
Directs the Secretary to make payments to a state's unemployment compensation trust fund for the payment of unemployment compensation if the Secretary approves a state's application for certification to operate a short-time compensation program that requires the maintenance of health and retirement employee benefits.

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