Streamlining Unemployment Relief for Victims of Domestic Violence

Posted by Joseph Lento | May 03, 2024 | 0 Comments

On March 25, 2024, The Pennsylvania House of Representatives approved an amendment numbered House Bill 1446 to the Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation  Law (UC) that would make it easier for victims of domestic violence to collect unemployment benefits in cases where they were forced to quit their jobs because their safety was at risk. House members voted 158-43, with all Democrats and 56 Republicans voting in favor of approving the bill. The last action on this bill was a referral to the Senate Labor and Industry Committee on April 4, 2024.  

If you or a loved one are involved in a domestic violence issue in Pennsylvania, then the LLF Law Firm Family Law Team can help you obtain a restraining order and protect all your rights under the law. Call the offices today at 888.535.3686  or contact us

How the New Amendment Would Change UC Law 

Under the current UC law, 937 P.L.2897, any person who quits employment must prove unemployment eligibility by proving first that the reasons for leaving employment were “necessitous and compelling” and second that the individual had made reasonable efforts to maintain employment. House Bill 1446 would create an exception to the law to allow a victim of domestic violence to submit recent evidence of domestic violence confidentially and would not require showing reasonable efforts to attempt to maintain employment. Representative Ryan Mackenzie, R-Lehigh, minority chair of the House Labor & Industry Committee, introduced the bill and stated, “Escaping domestic violence sometimes involves relocating suddenly and finding a new job. My bill represents one small way we can help make the ordeal a little less complicated. ”   

Streamlining Relief for Victims of Domestic Violence Under the New Amendment 

The Tribune-Democrat news article highlighted the approval of House Bill 1446 in the House of Representatives and noted that not only domestic violence victims would qualify for relief under the new amendment, but also any family members or relatives also at risk who are living in the home. Moreover, court rulings have already established that domestic violence itself is a “ necessitous and compelling” reason for an individual victim to quit employment. Thus, the amendment will make the entire claims process of obtaining unemployment compensation more streamlined for victims of domestic violence. 

Showing Evidence of Domestic Violence Under the New Amendment 

The new amendment would allow for recent evidence of domestic violence to be submitted confidentially. Such evidence could include statements from qualified professionals, an active protective order, or other relevant court documentation.  

Securing a Protection from Abuse Order requires the help of skilled professionals to protect and enforce all of your rights under Pennsylvania law. If you are facing any domestic violence issues, contact the LLF Law Firm Family Law Team offices today at 888.535.3686  or contact us .  

About the Author

Joseph Lento

"I pride myself on having heart and driving hard to get results!" Attorney Joseph D. Lento is a veteran of one of the nation's busiest family courts with nearly 20 years' experience passionately helping families. By day, he worked in the trenches of family court, and at night, he studied the law. He helped countless families while working at family court, and he went on to become an attorney, dedicating his law practice to continuing the work he started years earlier. Mr. Lento's experience both behind the scenes and on the front lines allows him to understand a client's family law matter from all angles, and allows him to find and employ the most effective strategies to get favorable outcomes for any client. Joseph D. Lento is licensed in Pennsylvania New Jersey, and New York, and is admitted pro hac vice as needed nationwide. In the courtroom and in life, attorney Joseph D. Lento stands up when the bell rings!


There are no comments for this post. Be the first and Add your Comment below.

Leave a Comment

Contact a skilled Family Law Team Today!

The LLF Law Firm has unparalleled experience practicing Family Law in Pennsylvania. If you are having any uncertainties about what the future may hold for you and your family, contact our offices today. Our Family Law Team will go above and beyond the needs for any client and fight for what is fair.

This website was created only for general information purposes. It is not intended to be construed as legal advice for any situation. Only a direct consultation with a licensed Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York attorney can provide you with formal legal counsel based on the unique details surrounding your situation. The pages on this website may contain links and contact information for third party organizations - the Lento Law Firm does not necessarily endorse these organizations nor the materials contained on their website. In Pennsylvania, Attorney Joseph D. Lento represents clients throughout Pennsylvania's 67 counties, including, but not limited to Philadelphia, Allegheny, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Dauphin, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Schuylkill, and York County. In New Jersey, attorney Joseph D. Lento represents clients throughout New Jersey's 21 counties: Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren County, In New York, Attorney Joseph D. Lento represents clients throughout New York's 62 counties. Outside of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, unless attorney Joseph D. Lento is admitted pro hac vice if needed, his assistance may not constitute legal advice or the practice of law. The decision to hire an attorney in Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania counties, New Jersey, New York, or nationwide should not be made solely on the strength of an advertisement. We invite you to contact the Lento Law Firm directly to inquire about our specific qualifications and experience. Communicating with the Lento Law Firm by email, phone, or fax does not create an attorney-client relationship. The Lento Law Firm will serve as your official legal counsel upon a formal agreement from both parties. Any information sent to the Lento Law Firm before an attorney-client relationship is made is done on a non-confidential basis.