Sen. Baker Comments On Her Follow The Active Duty Spouse Bill

The Senate Labor and Industry Committee today approved Sen. Lisa Baker’s SB 304, which would close a loophole that penalizes spouses of active duty military who must leave their employment when their spouse is transferred to a new duty station. Currently, if an active duty member of the Armed Forces is transferred, and if, as a result, his or her spouse is forced to resign their employment, it is possible under Pennsylvania law that the resignation would be considered voluntary and they may not qualify for unemployment. This legislation would clarify that a spouse’s move to follow his or her active duty spouse will not be considered voluntary if the Department of Labor & Industry determines that continued employment would be impractical or unreasonably difficult.


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