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Summary: HB 26 would expand the eligibility of unemployment benefits to include victims of sexual assault or for employees whose immediate family members have experienced sexual assault.
Analysis: HB 26 would increase regulations on businesses by including an additional statutory reason for unemployment benefits. Businesses that do not have employees who have experienced sexual assault would be obligated to contribute to system that assists other companies that do have employees who are experiencing this problem. As a result, HB 26 would expand government's scope to include an entitlement that will prove costly to all companies involved in the benefit system. Therefore, we do not support HB 26.