HB 05-1020 – Alternative Base Period for Calculating Unemployment Insurance Benefits in Colorado
HB 05-1020 – Alternative Base Period for Calculating Unemployment Insurance Benefits in Colorado, by Rich Jones to the Senate Business Affairs, Labor and Technology Committee, March 23, 2005
"Using the standard base period of the first four of the last five completed quarters blocks some low income workers from eligibility. Many of these workers are recent entrants or re-entrants to the work force and some have intermittent work histories. Under this method anywhere from three to almost six months of earnings may not be counted in determining eligibility for unemployment benefits.
"Using an alternative base period that counts earnings in the previous four quarters before the filing quarter would help low-income workers use more of their recent earnings to qualify for benefits."