California governor vetos unemployment benefits for striking workers

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) vetoed a bill Sept. 30 that proposed allowing workers to claim unemployment insurance benefits after striking for two weeks. Senate Bill 799 previously passed the state Senate 27-12 on Sept. 14 and passed the state House 59-18 on Sept. 11.

California lawmakers advanced similar legislation in 2019, but the measure failed to pass the state Senate.

Currently, New York and New Jersey allow certain striking workers to collect unemployment insurance benefits.

Unemployment insurance is a joint federal and state program that provides temporary monetary benefits to eligible laid-off workers who are actively seeking new employment. Qualifying individuals receive unemployment compensation as a percentage of their lost wages in the form of weekly cash benefits while they search for new employment.

The federal government oversees the general administration of state unemployment insurance programs. The states control the specific features of their unemployment insurance programs, such as eligibility requirements and length of benefits.

For information about unemployment insurance programs across the country, click here.

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