Friday, June 10, 2011

Florida Bill Would Cut Space Worker Unemployment Pay

Aviation Week reports that Florida space workers could see their unemployment compensation cut if Governor Rick Scott signs pending legislation.

A bill pending before Florida Gov. Rick Scott would count severance pay for laid-off workers when calculating unemployment benefits, a policy that could affect thousands of NASA contractors sidelined by the space shuttle’s retirement.

If Scott, a Republican who supported earlier versions of the bill as it wound through the legislative process, signs the new law, known as HB 7005, the double-pay benefits would stop effective Aug. 1.

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