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Clearing the Path to Unemployment Insurance for Low-Wage Workers

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Publication Date: August 2005

Publisher(s): Center for Economic and Policy Research

Author(s): Andrew Stettner; Heather Boushey; Jeff Wenger

Topic: Labor (Labor conditions, wages, salaries, and benefits)

Keywords: Poverty; Ethnic workers; Young workers

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


Unemployment Insurance is a necessary and beneficial stimulus program for part-time workers. However, the current rules for eligibility often leave eligible workers behind. This study, by CEPR and the National Employment Law Project, analyzes the alternative base period (ABP), a policy reform that makes it easier for low-wage workers to qualify for UI benefits.