Topic

Labor laws

3 petitions

Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Hawaii State House

Change the Unemployment Labor Laws of Hawaii

According to the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) in order to be eligible to collect unemployment benefits in Hawaii: You must have earned at least a minimum amount in wages before you were unemployed. You must be unemployed through no fault of your own, as defined by Hawaii law. You must be able and available to work, and you must be actively seeking employment. Nolo.com, a website compromised of some of the Internet's first legal sites, states that "the DLIR handles unemployment benefits and determines eligibility on a case-by-case basis." It took my personal experience of this agonizing, nerve-wracking process to realize things need to change. I am sure that I am not the only person this has happened to and I wondered that if those people didn't have the same support system as I, they possibly ended up in dire situations or worse, homeless. As for my situation, I was employed at a company for 7 years, 3 weeks and one day before I went into labor with my first child and immediately went on maternity leave. Being that I had a cesarean section I was allowed to collect TDI for 8 weeks, normal delivery is 6 weeks. It was on a Friday, the last day of my 8 weeks of my TDI that I received a call stating my position had been eliminated, so basically I had no job the following Monday. I filed for unemployment the following Monday and was deemed eligible and began collecting. Although people told me to just collect my benefits for the entire 26 weeks and then look for a job I was adamant to contribute to my household and help provide for my new baby. I applied, I went on interviews and I was offered a job for a company in exactly two months from being initially laid off. I accepted the position and was excited to start. The day I started I already had a feeling that this was one of those, "what did I get myself into" situations. The owner of the company was on vacation (which I found out occurs often), the manager that hired me apparently isn't present either as she is a "virtual manager" located in another state, and the accountant was located on another island. So I learned on my first day that there is no guidance or support from upper management, as divulged by the other 4 employees that worked there. It might be an ideal situation for others but I was hired to be the administrative/accounting support and I can't support those who are not present, especially in the beginning. I figure I give it a week and see if things would look up. Let's just say it didn't and I decided that it would be a disservice to the company for me to continue.  That decision right there disqualified me from further receiving any unemployment benefits. It didn't matter that I had worked 7 years prior, DLIR didn't care if I found the right job that I would stay at long term they just want you to get a job period and stop using benefits that you are entitled to and worked for. I did the right thing, I reactivated my unemployment claim and stated that I quit. By saying I quit my claim was now in the hands of an investigator. I filed weekly for a month and my status was still pending so I called and my claims investigator tells me he was going to get to me in chronological order, it didn't matter that I had bills that were due. I explained to him my reasons for having to quit and he had to confer with the employer. Next thing I know, I am disqualified for my benefits and the reason the investigator stated wasn't even the reason. All I can do now is file an appeal and that will take another two weeks. Keep in mind I had not received any benefits for 6 weeks and I only received benefits for 7 of the 26 weeks I was allotted.  Through this frustration, I knew I can't be the only one. If I didn't have my husband, my newborn and I would have to seek shelter and other government benefits. It was that feeling of defeat and worthlessness that I knew things needed to change. I am not trying to abuse the system or exhaust my benefits. Each case should be analyzed on the facts and previous information. I am not chronically unemployed. I should be allowed to continue to collect my benefits for whatever weeks I have remaining of the 26 weeks or until I find another job. By denying me my unemployment benefits l would end up utilizing more costly government benefits such as EBT, Section 8, WIC and Quest. That just doesn't make any sense.  The laws, the rules, they need to be changed and the employees/investigators need to be retrained on compassion and looking at all the information before coming to a conclusion that drastically impacts human lives. They say we are at an all-time low for unemployment claims and now I know why they are disqualifying everyone from receiving their benefits. They think they are saving the state money but they are costing us more money by denying people what they rightfully worked for, help when they need it most. Please sign this petition to ask legislators to make the necessary adjustments to the current laws.

Darci B.
253 supporters
Update posted 2 years ago

Petition to Harold Rogers, Matt Bevin, Rand Paul

Petition to end or change the law regarding mandated (or forced) overtime in Kentucky

   A lot of us have been there. whether it is a Manufacturing Job or a Call Center or another type of employer. You are 2 hrs from leaving or in some cases about to clock out when "BOOM" a lower level manager or supervisor comes to you and mandates you to stay for another few hours or In some cases longer.  What does this mean? Typically what this means is that since there is no law against it or regulating it to protect employees in Kentucky, you will have to work it or say no and get some sort of small punishment like a point or half a point. In some extreme cases I personally have seen people fired or suspended.  Mandated overtime in this light lowers people's morale at work which causes less production. Hard feelings towards the various companies and management. This also can lead to high turnover rates at a job. The reason being people have to uproot their lives when this happens or scramble to find accommodation. Examples include childcare, emergency situations, having only one vehicle or having any sort of rest in some extreme cases. I'm not actually asking for support in ending mandatory overtime completely. What I'm asking for support with is regulating it or changing the law to where at least 24 to 48 hrs notice from an employer has to be provided for mandatory overtime so employees have time to make important decisions, cancel appointments or change them, find childcare or any other reasonable solution for situations that may arise outside work.  There will always be volunteers for overtime. however when there isn't and mandatory overtime is necessary, 24 hrs notice from an employer is reasonable as opposed to the usual 2 hrs or in some cases 5 minutes prior to ending of a workday.  If you are an employee of any employer in the state of KY who has been inconvenienced by this unfair and sometimes heavy handed tactic, let's get this to the right people so a legitimate change can happen.  I am sending this to my local Representative as well as the Governor to incite a real change for our state for better morale and working environments.                        

Nick Centers
83 supporters