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Relating to unemployment compensation eligibility and chargebacks regarding certain persons separated from employment due to being called to military service.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
SB 818 would prohibit benefits computed on benefit wage credits from being charged to employers if the cause of the employee's separation was due to being called up into military service, unless the employer is found to have violated reemployment provisions required by law. Additionally, the bill would ensure that individuals called into military service are not disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits.
Texas Action supports SB 818 because it promotes free market competition. Business owners should not have to bear the financial burden of employment chargebacks when a service member is called up to service, at no fault of the employer. Likewise, employees who are called up to military service should not be disqualified from unemployment benefits they would otherwise have qualified for absent their military service.