Over a year after the launch of Nebraska’s “reemployment program”, an updated version of the state’s “Unemployment Insurance: Advisement of Benefits Rights” notice has been released by the Department of Labor. The mandatory posting notifies those who are eligible to gain unemployment benefits of their responsibilities and rights under the law. There have been significant changes in those responsibilities and rights since October 2015, prompting the need for a redesign of the posting.
Nebraska’s new Unemployment Insurance posting informs individuals looking to file a claim for unemployment insurance of the differences between claiming for benefit years beginning after October 1, 2015 and claiming for benefit years prior to that date. Furthermore, the posting also provides additional details on conditions that qualify for special accommodations, like mental and physical handicap or language barriers, as well as the process of filing an application for benefits in cases where accommodation is required.
Title 219, Chapter 4 of the Nebraska Administrative Code for the Department of Labor was significantly cited in the previous version of this notice, which addressed the work search requirements and availability of a claimant in order to be eligible for benefits. Since those requirements have undergone substantial expansion and revision, this section is no longer included in the posting.
A brief section has been added in its place, advising claimants about the importance of creating an online, searchable and active resume on the Nebraska Department of Labor’s free web app. Also added to the posting is an updated date of 9.21.2016.
While the minimum wage in Nebraska will not be changed this year, the Department of Labor took the opportunity and streamlined the Minimum Wage in Nebraska notice. Voters in the state agreed to increase the minimum wage to $9.00 per hour in 2016 from $8.00 per hour in 2015, with no schedule for increasing it any time soon. References to the minimum wage rate in 2015 have been removed in the updated posting, and this leaves the rate which came into effect on January, 2016.
In addition, the text in the posting has also been revised in an effort to be more precise when it comes to indicating which employers and employees are subject to the minimum wage, sub-minimum wages, or otherwise, exempted from them. The new posting also includes a definition for “occupational classification”, a term used in the state’s minimum wage law. Also included in the posting is an updated date of 10.5.2016.
There is also a minor revision in Nebraska’s Discrimination in Employment, Housing and Public Accommodations posting to ensure all contact information provided is current and correct. As for now, these updated notices have only been released in English by the state’s Department of Labor. However, it’s expected that these mandatory updates will be available in Spanish and other regional languages as soon as they are released.