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Unemployment Laws At A Glance

Unemployment Laws

Unemployment laws are regulated and administered through the Social Security Act of 1935--a government program used to create funding for those individuals who lack income through a job loss. The Act established unemployment laws which created an Unemployment Insurance System to offer relief to the large percentage of citizens who were unemployed during the Great Depression.

The unemployment laws are a Federal set of legal codes that enable those individuals who have lost their jobs for a non-work related reason to collect wages through their local state government. Unemployment laws are administered through the United States Department of Labor. The individual states, through the Department of Labor's unemployment laws, create their own rules and regulations to meet or exceed the benefits and privileges awarded at the Federal level.

Unemployment laws and the benefits attached to them vary by state. The unemployment laws of a particular state are regulated by unemployment offices which are divisions of State labor departments and other employment-related agencies.
The funding awarded through unemployment insurance is collected through Federal and state unemployment taxes, which are the responsibility of all employers to satisfy.

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