Rep. Charles Moseley, D-Portage, said Tuesday he’s concerned that WorkOne centers might not apply the new provision evenly across the state, based on reports he’d heard of “major inconsistencies” at those offices.
“If it’s the law of the land, it should be applied equitably and fairly to everyone who comes and applies for unemployment, no matter where they live in the state,” said Mosley, who voted against the legislation.
Frank said the agency expects “a seamless transition” in implementing the new provision based on its experience with the federal requirement.
Alex Adams, a 52-year-old Indianapolis resident, lost his job of 32 years when a snack food factory closed in January. He received a 6-month severance package but that ran out in July and he’s been working odd jobs and living off his savings since then.
Adams, who plans to apply for unemployment Wednesday, said the state’s new policy makes sense.
“They want people to make sure that people are actually looking for jobs, instead of just sitting back collecting unemployment,” he said.