DOL Model Legislation

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The U.S. Department of Labor is committed to helping emerging entrepreneurs and small businesses grow and thrive! The guidance below outlines provisions contained in the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 governing Self-Employment Assistance (SEA) programs, and includes model legislation for states as they draft or revise SEA authorizing legislation, and assistance for states as they establish SEA programs.

Unemployment Insurance Program Letter No. 20-12

Background on the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act, and the provisions made to the SEA program including extending the  program to the long-term unemployed receiving benefits under the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) and Extended Benefits (EB) programs.

Self-Employment Assistance Directive

An outline on states' authority to conduct SEA programs, information on grant availability, and guidance on implementing SEA programs.

Available Self-Employment Assistance Grants

A chart showing each states' share of the $35 million dollars in federal grant funding available to implement SEA programs, improve administration, and promote programs.

Implementing and Operating Instructions for Administering Self-Employment Assistance Programs for EUC Recipients

Guidance to states in administering Section 2181 of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, which requires that no more than one percent of individuals receiving EUC may participate in this Federal SEA program.

Ready to get started crafting your state legislation?

Click below to access DOL's model legislation for either the regular unemployment compensation program or for the extended benefits program. The model language comes complete with the key definitions you'll need to amend existing state unemployment compensation law or draft new authorizing legislation.

Model language for Individuals Eligible for Regular UC

Model language for Individuals Eligible for EB

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Target Populations: Entrepreneurs/Self-employed

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Posted: 3/29/2016 3:32 PM
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