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AB-19 Unemployment insurance compensation: COVID-19 pandemic: temporary benefits.(2021-2022)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 316.5 is added to the Unemployment Insurance Code, to read:

316.5.
 (a) The department shall comply with Section 7292 of the Government Code in order to ensure that non-English-speaking California residents have adequate access to department employees who are qualified to provide information regarding applying for, and receiving, unemployment insurance benefits in the language of the non-English-speaking person.

SEC. 2.

 Section 1026.3 is added to the Unemployment Insurance Code, to read:

1026.3.
 (a) Notwithstanding Section 1026 or any other law, any unemployment compensation benefits paid pursuant to Section 1280.6 shall not be charged against the reserve account of any employer.
(b)This section shall become inoperative on July 1, 2022, and, as of January 1, 2023, is repealed.

SEC. 3.

 Section 1280.6 is added to the Unemployment Insurance Code, to read:

1280.6.
 (a) Notwithstanding Section 1280 or any other law, following the termination of assistance pursuant to the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation provisions of Sections 2102 and 2107 of Subtitle A of Title II of Division A of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (Public Law 116-136) or any other federal or state supplemental unemployment compensation payments for unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the department shall provide, in addition to an individual’s weekly benefit amount as otherwise provided for by existing unemployment compensation law, unemployment compensation benefits equivalent to the terminated federal or state supplemental unemployment compensation payments for the remainder of the duration of time the individual is unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
(b) For the purpose of this section, the department shall determine an individual’s eligibility for unemployment compensation benefits equivalent to Pandemic Unemployment Assistance in accordance with Section 2102 of Subtitle A of Title II of Division A of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (Public Law 116-136).
(c)This section shall become inoperative on July 1, 2022, and, as of January 1, 2023, is repealed.
SEC. 4.
 This act is an urgency statute necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety within the meaning of Article IV of the California Constitution and shall go into immediate effect. The facts constituting the necessity are:
In order to facilitate the immediate delivery of unemployment assistance during the COVID-19 public health emergency, it is necessary that this act go into effect immediately.