Leonard’s unemployment insurance bill passes House

A bill dealing with unemployment insurance, authored by State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington), passed out of the Indiana House Jan. 28 on a 65-28 vote.

"The largest issue HB 1346 addresses is the elimination of the burden of proof during the rulings in UI (unemployment insurance) appeals cases," Leonard says. "Currently, if the employee or employer is unable to be present for the hearing regarding the determination of eligibility for benefits, the absent party automatically loses the case."

Specifically, HB 1346 allows for an administrative law judge to make the ultimate ruling in UI cases, based on evidence presented during the hearing.

"By eliminating the burden of proof in UI eligibility cases, the playing field will be leveled for both the employers and the employees," Leonard says.