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Murphy Bill To Protect Military Spouses Passes Senate

Sen. Terrence Murphy (R-Yorktown)
Sen. Terrence Murphy (R-Yorktown) Photo Credit: Wikipedia

YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- Unemployment benefits might be on the way to military spouses if legislation sponsored by Sen. Terrence Murphy (R-Yorktown) is passed.

"We rely on the men and women in the military to protect our borders and to preserve our freedom," said Murphy. "Unfortunately, we seem to have forgotten about their husbands and wives, the ones who have to uproot their lives and lose well-paying jobs whenever their spouses get transferred. This legislation will take some of the financial sting out of their having to relocate."

An individual who quits work to accompany a spouse in the military who is transferred to a new location will now be eligible to apply for unemployment compensation benefits.

The bill, S5354, now adds individuals accompanying spouses transferred by the military to the list of non-disqualifying reasons for separation from employment.

The bill passed unanimously in the Senate 63-0 and was sent to the Assembly for a vote.

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