AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR A TEMPORARY EXTENSION OF UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION BENEFITS TO UNEMPLOYED WORKERS WHO HAVE EXHAUSTED THEIR RIGHTS TO BENEFITS UNDER STATE UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION LAWS.
WHEREAS, unemployment and the number of workers who have exhausted their rights to Unemployment Compensation benefits is at a high level detrimental to our State's economy, and
WHEREAS, the 87th Congress of the United States is considering legislation to provide for a temporary extension of benefits to unemployed workers who have exhausted their rights to benefits under State Unemployment Compensation Laws, and
WHEREAS, it is essential, both to the many families who are in need through no fault of their own and to the economy of our State, that temporary relief from this condition be granted at the earliest possible moment during this period of winter hardship, NOW, THEREFORE,
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware:
Section 1. Any person who has exhausted his rights to benefits under the State Unemployment Compensation Law after October 31, 1960, is hereby entitled to an extension of his weekly benefits equal to one-half of the total number of weeks to which he had previously been entitled. Such entitlement shall begin with any week of unemployment beginning on or after the tenth day after the enactment of this Act, or the date regular benefits are exhausted, whichever is later, and ending not later than July 31, 1961.
Section 2. The Chairman of the Unemployment Compensation Commission of the State of Delaware is hereby authorized and directed to enter into an agreement or agreements with
the Secretary of Labor or other appropriate officer or agency of the United States of America whereby provisions for temporary additional unemployment compensation benefits afforded by any act enacted or to be enacted by the 87th Congress of the United States of America which allows an extension of weekly benefits for eligible unemployed workers shall be made available to eligible unemployed Delaware workers, and whereby the Unemployment Compensation Commission of the State of Delaware shall be designated to serve as agent of the United States of America in the State of Delaware as provided by any such act of Congress. Upon the execution of any such agreement, the Unemployment Compensation Commission of the State of Delaware shall have such powers as may be necessary to carry out its duties as such agent.
Section 3. Section 1 of this act shall become immediately null and void upon execution of any agreement provided for in Section 2 of this act, and any benefits that may have been paid to a person pursuant to Section 1 of this act shall be considered as a part of the additional unemployment compensation benefits that may be available pursuant to Section 2 of this act.
Approved February 23, 1961.