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Pickett Votes to End ‘Triple Dipping’ of Retirement Benefits, Salaries and Unemployment Compensation

HARRISBURG – Legislation designed to protect the state’s unemployment compensation fund and end the practice of “triple dipping” passed the state House of Representatives on March 19, according to Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna), who voted for the measure.

“Sadly, there are some people who seek to collect as much money as possible from the state’s unemployment compensation system, even though they may not be rightfully entitled to it,” Pickett said. “Unemployment was designed to help give people a safety net when they lose their jobs, not to give them an extra cushion when they retire.”

House Bill 421, which passed the House unanimously on March 19, would stipulate in the Unemployment Compensation Law that any retiree who voluntarily leaves employment to maintain eligibility for retirement benefits is ineligible to collect unemployment.  This also would apply to retirees who are terminated by the employer so those individuals can maintain their retirement.

Triple dipping refers to the practice of retirees – either those who collect a public pension or private retirement benefit – who return to work for a set period of time and then collect unemployment compensation when leaving the job.

Currently, state law does not contain any clear prohibition against an individual collecting unemployment if he or she leaves a job to continue retirement or annuity benefits.  However, the law does specify an offset of retirement benefits against unemployment benefits, meaning those individuals who have participated in these activities did not receive full unemployment benefits.

The legislation is now with the state Senate for its consideration.

Representative Tina Pickett
110th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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