The State Industrial Commission has decided to let its Employment Security Advisory Council provide advice about how many weeks certain categories of unemployed workers, who are collecting unemployment benefits, don't have to look for jobs.
Each of the three commissioners had different ideas on how to handle the deferrals after Terry O. Burns, director of unemployment insurance for the Utah Department of Employment Security, proposed some changes in the regulations governing deferrals.Commission Chairman Stephen M. Hadley wanted to study the matter further and bring it up again during the June 5 meeting; Commissioner Dixie Minson wanted to send the matter to the advisory council; and Commissioner Tom Carlson wanted to change a word or two in Burns' proposed rules and adopt them.
Two advisory council members, Ed Mayne, president of the AFL-CIO, and Larry Bunkall, president of the Utah Manufacturers Association, were asked if the council should examine the language in the proposed rules, and they offered no objections.
Then the commissioners decided to have the council study the issue.
Burns proposed that claimants who are attached to a regular employer and have a definite expectation of recall to work may be deferred from looking for work for up to 10 weeks, an increase from the seven weeks in present regulations.
Burns said the purpose of the deferral is to protect the labor force of a specific employer and is consistent with the intent of the Utah Employment Security Act. He also proposes to add this language: "A claimant is not required to seek work if he has a definite offer of full-time employment or date of recall to begin within three weeks."