Unemployment benefits will only go to those fired or laid off, not to those who quit their job, under a bill signed into law by the governor.
Sen. John Kuehn of Heartwell, sponsor of LB 203, said the change will keep Nebraska in line with national standards for insurance for those who find themselves without a job.
“Unemployment insurance is an important safety net for individuals who lose their job through no fault of their own through economic downturn as well as other challenging economic conditions,” Kuehn said during a signing ceremony in the governor’s Capitol office.
Kuehn said the change will maintain the stability and integrity of the system as well as insure it is fair.
Nearly all states provide unemployment benefits only to those fired or laid off.
The change is expected to save the Nebraska unemployment trust fund $5 million annually, beginning in 2019.