Bill would help part-time workers

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A state senator has filed legislation that would allow part-time employees to receive unemployment insurance payments.

Sen. Jim Wilson of Tahlequah said Monday his bill would authorize the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission to create a voluntary Shared Work Unemployment Compensation Program.

Wilson says the bill would allow employers to cut back hours without laying people off. Those whose hours have been reduced would be able to supplement their income with unemployment payments.

He says fewer people would lose their jobs under the plan and wages would be kept up at a level higher than a part-time salary.

Employers would have to submit written shared work plans to the commission to participate. They would also have to agree to furnish reports on the plan's operation.

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