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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 18, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta Tliumluy, June 18, 1970 THE LETHBRIDGC HERAID 13 While Paper Report, Released Unemployment Insurance Act Reforms Are Recommended 01TAWA (CP) The respon- sibility Tor protection of workers during periods of liigli national unemployment is placed on the government in a white paper on unemployment insurance tabled Report Highlights OTTAWA (CP) Following are highlights from the fed- eral labor department's white paper on unemployment in- surance in the 1970s, tabled in Die Commons Wednesday: Top limit on claims would be SiOO weekly, compared with the present weekly. Coverage would be univer- sal, adding about workers lo the rolls of contrib- utors. Women, 'now ineligible for benefits six weeks before and after pregnancy, would be able to draw up to 15 weeks of benefits because of preg- nancy. Plan would be implemented gradually to full operation by Jan. 1, 1975. A worker whose earnings1 were interrupted by illness would be able to draw up to 15 weeks' insurance. Employers with an annual insured payroll of or less, and their employees, would pay lower contributions under the new plan. Employers with payrolls above would pay a rate that rises with job layoff pattern, "an incentive to sta- bilize their employment pat- terns." A worker could claim bene- fits after as little as eight weeks' work in the previous year. Current requirement is 30 weeks' work over two years. Those with at least 20 weeks' employment in the previous year would be eligi- ble for full benefits. per cent. Additional benefits would go to regions where the regional unemployment rate is above four per cent and exceeds the national rate by one per cent or more. Self-employed people would be no longer be eligible for berefils, although coverage for fishermen would continue until alternate protection plans are available. Workers excluded from un- employment insurance under the present act would enter at a preferred contribution rale, rising to the full rate Jan. 1, 1075. A three-week bonus in bene- fits would go to workers be- tween 65 and 70 who retire. Workers seeking benefits could undergo at least two personal interviews, "primar- ily to help the but also to reduce abuse of the plan. A five-phase program would combire financial payments with efforts to get the benefi- ciary a job. Current benefits for sea- sonal workers would be abol- ished because of the shorter eligibility period for benefits. We're in the car business As a Franchisee! Chevrolet-Oldsmobile dealer we can offer you a wider selection of used cars because we sell more new cars. Each day we come in contact- with a great many used cars, all makes and models with every conceivable combination of engine and option. Probably the car for you is on our lot right now. It it's not you can bet we'll find it somewhere. Maybe the next person to drive in and buy a new car from our dealership will be turning in just the car you want. Please give us a call and let's talk about the car you would rather drive. The sooner you call, the sooner we can gel on the trail. We always got our car. Contact one of our courteous, experienced salesmen. He would be pleased to assist you in any way lo find jusl Ihe car you're looking for. BENY Chevrolet Oldsmobile OK Supermarket Car Lot 2nd Avenue and 9th Street S. Phone 327-3148 in Hie Commons Wednesday by Labor Minister Bryce Macka- sey. The proposals for reform of the Unemployment Insurance Act would also increase benefits to a maximum of a week from the present limit and would reduce eligibility require- ments to a mini mum of eight employment weeks from the present 30. The revised fund would get a big cash infusion by becoming universal, adding about persons who do not contribute now. making Ihe total number of contributors about The new plan would be en- tirely self-financing when the national, seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate is below four per cent of the work force. Below that rate, the govern- ment's liability would be sharp! y reduced from the which it now pays into the fund each year. When unemployment rises, however, the government would be re- quired to cover the extra costs. Officials of (he Unemploy- ment Insurance Commission es- timated at a news briefing that at the present unemployment rate of 5.3 per cent, the annual government contribution under the proposed plan would be close to policy is perhaps one of the most interesting in the en- tire proposal." the white paper comments. "It clearly establishes the government's responsibility for tlie linancial suppcrt of a na- tional unemployment insurance program over and above the self-financing aspect." It stresses at the same lime that the four-per-cent bench- mark "is in no way intended as a definition of full employment for the economy." The white paper proposals, scheduled J'or implementation in a period beginning July I. 1971, and Jan. 1, 1975, are described as practically a new life for the present insurance scheme which was enacted in 1940. "Since the 1940s, the social, technological and economic fab- ric of our society has changed with the result that the act must he reoriented' in a major way in order to meet present the white paper says. If it is to reflect the thinking from tile welfare state to the service state, then a new reoriented program must prov- ide an efficient pipeline to voca- tional counselling, job opportun- ities and other manpower pro- grams in order lo help the un- employed requalify for jobs under changing technological conditions." In line with this approach, alt members of tile work force ex- QUAI.ITY DENTURE CLINIC 324 5th St. S. Ph. 378-7684 Above Capitol Furniture EDDY DIETRICH, C.D.M. ccpt the self-employed would be required to contribute to the scheme, eliminating (lie present cut-off ceiling of S7.MO a year for salaried employees1. PROTECTION' NKKDKIJ The paper says the move is justified both in terms of the in- creased need for protection of clerks and professional s such as teachers and as a ges- ture of responsibility by "more fortunate, better-placed' Canadi- ans toward those who through lack of education and opportu- nity are in less si-cure occupa- tions." Also proposed is a program of counselling by commission offi- cers which would weed out ille- gitimate claims on the fund and also provide links with other government services. This is an extension of present practice by Ihe commission. Reorganization of the plan would divide its operation into live phases and provide in- creased protection in the forn: of maternity leave and sick leave benefits for a 15-week pe- riod. Claimants working for 20 weeks or more in the previous year would be entitled to all five phases of the benefits for up to 51 weeks if national or re- gional unemployment rates ex- ceeded the fpur-per-cent limit. Those workers with eight to weeks of employment would be entitled to three phases of bene- fits for 30 weeks. The white paper states that progress from phase to phase would depend partly on the claimant's co-operativencss in taking advantage of suggested services. It adds that a refusal j to do so would risk disqualifies- j tion. Commission officials say they hope legislation based on the j white paper will be introduced j in the Commons in the fall to enable payment of the increased beneliis starting ne.xl summer. i The payments would be fifi per cent of the average income over I the previous 20 weeks of the claimant. The new coverage rulings would also be effective at that thr-R but the additional l.KXJ.OOO i workers would not be required j to pay full premiums until Jan. I 1. Premiums for others, mean- while, would be lowered Jan. I. 1972. I Employees now paying a top rate of Si.'10 on weekly incomes I of or inure would instead pay a lop of on Their employer's contribution would be seven-fifths of their own until Jan. 1. uiien a new merit rating scheme would take ef- fect. WUULIJ I.OWKIt KATI-; The merit rating, expressed as a layoff factor, would lower the charge for employers whose plant, or plants, had a lower layoff pattern over a three-year period than the national aver- age. Those will] a higher-than- average rating would have lo pay more. The phased introduction of (tip. new plan would take advantage of the current balance in the un- employment insurance fu n d, which stood at just under S.jOO.UOO.COO in May- The fund now covers SO per cent of the work force. !n spite of our recent fire CUSTOM FURNITURE AND UPHOLSTERY ARE CONTINUING BUSINESS! Phone 328-4220 or 328-7631 New Location to be Announced Soon! HOYT'S FURNITURE LIQUIDATION MONDAY, JUNE 22nd at 7 p.m. In the Store 7th Street South ON OFFER COMPLETE STOCK OF FURNITURE SEE SATURDAY'S HERALD FOR COMPLETE LISTING SALE CONDUCTED BY HURLBURT AUCTION SERVICE LTD. 1920 2nd Ave. 5. Phone 328-4905 E D E D WORTH OF USED CARS REQUIRED Trade up now to the finest values in town the most complete selection of 1970 models and demonstrators UNLIMITED FINANCING HAS ALWAYS BEEN AVAILABLE AT BENY'S ON THE GMAC PLAN BEFORE YOU BUY CHECK AT BENY'S OR YOU MAY PAY TOO MUCH ONE STOP CAR SHOPPING IMMEDIATE DELIVERIES ON-THE-SPOT APPRAISALS HIGHEST TRADE-IN ALLOWANCES Pulling you, FIRST Keeps us FIRST CHEVROLET OLDSMOBILE MOTORS INSURANCE CORPORATION 530 OK SUPERMARKET LOT PHONE 327-3148 SHOWROOM PHONE 327-3147 Adams SILVER LONDON -tasting, gin of Enjoy it ;