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Additional data submitted to the committee by-Continued
Workers of America, CIO, statement on unemployment com-
News release of June 11, 1954.-
Letter of June 10, 1954, from Under Secretary Arthur Larson..
History of the position of the interstate conference on
extension of coverage to one or more.
State coverage of employers automatically resulting from exten-
sion of coverage under Federal Unemployment Tax Act--
Letter of June 9, 1954, from Acting Secretary M. B. Folsom --- 18
Letter of June 9, 1954, regarding questior by Mr. Forand relat-
ing to the President's recommendations for liberalizing and ex-
TUESDAY, JUNE 8, 1954
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
Washington, D. C. The committee met at 10 a. m., pursuant to call, in the hearing room of the Committee on Ways and Means, New House Office Building, Hon. Daniel A. Reed (chairman of the committee), presiding.
The CHAIRMAN. The committee will come to order.
This hearing is scheduled to consider H. R. 8857, which I have introduced, H. R. 6537, by Mr. Forand, H. R. 6539, by Mr. Mason, H. R. 7054, by Mr. Dingell, and H. R. 8585 by Mr. Baker.
Without objection those bills will be placed in the record at this point. (The bills referred to follow:)
(H. R. 8857, 83d Cong., 2d sess.) A BILL To extend and improve the unemployment compensation program Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That effective with respect to services performed after December 31, 1954, subsection (a) of section 1607 of the Internal Revenue Code, as amended, is amended to read as follows:
“(a) EMPLOYER.—The term 'employer' means any person who, at any time during the taxable year, pays wages for employment with respect to one or more individuals.”
Sec. 2. Effective with respect to services performed after December 31, 1955, subsection (1) of section 1607 of the Internal Revenue Code is repealed, subsections (m), (n), and (o) are designated (1), (m), and (n), respectively, and paragraph (1) of subsection (c) is amended as follows:
(1) Agricultural labor (as defined in section 1426 (h));”. SEC. 3. A new paragraph is added immediately following paragraph (3) of subsection (a) of section 1602 of the Internal Revenue Code, as amended, to read as follows:
"For any person (or group of persons) who has (or have) not been subject to the State law for a period of time sufficient to compute the reduced rates permitted by paragraphs (1), (2), and (3) of this subsectior on a three-year basis, the period of time required may be reduced to the amount of time the person (or group of persons) has (or have) had experience under or has (or have) been subject to the statute, whichever is appropriate, but in no case less than one year.”
Sec. 4. Effective with respect to the calendar year 1955 and succeeding calendar years, section 1605 of the Internal Revenue Code is amended by striking out all of subsection (c) thereof, by striking out the words or any installment thereof”, wherever they appear in subsection (d), and by redesignating subsections (d) and (e) as subsections (c) and (d), respectively.
(H. R. 6537, 83d Cong., 1st sess.) A BILL To amend the Social Security Act to provide unemployment insurance for Federal civilian
employees, and for other purposes Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Social Security Act, as amended, is further amended by adding after title XIV thereof the following new title:
“TITLE XV-UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION FOR FEDERAL
“SEC. 1501. When used in this title
“(a) The term 'Federal service' means any service performed after 1951 in the employ of the United States or any instrumentality thereof which is wholly owned by the United States, except that the term shall not include (1) service performed by an elective officer in the executive or legislative branch of the Government of the United States, (2) service performed as a member of the Armed Forces of the United States, (3) service performed by foreign service personnel for whom special separation allowances are provided by the Foreign Service Act of 1946 (60 Stat. 999), (4) service performed prior to January 1, 1953, for the Bonneville Power Administrator if such service constitutes employment under section 1607 (m) of the Federal Unemployment Tax Act, or (5) service performed outside the United States by an individual who is not a citizen of the United States. For the purpose of clause (5) of this subsection, the term ‘United States' when used in a geographical sense means the States, Alaska, Hawaii, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
“(b) The term 'Federal wages' means all remuneration for Federal service, including cash allowances and remuneration in any medium other than cash.
"(c) The term 'Federal employee' means an individual who has performed Federal service.
"(d) The term compensation' means cash benefits payable to individuals with respect to their unemployment (including any portion thereof payable with respect to dependents).
(e) The term 'benefit year' means the benefit year as defined in the applicable State unemployment compensation law; except that, if such State law does not define a benefit year, then such term means the period prescribed in the agreement under this title with such State or, in the absence of an agreement, the period prescribed by the Secretary.
“(f) The term 'Secretary' means the Secretary of Labor.
“COMPENSATION FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES UNDER STATE AGREEMENTS “SEC. 1502. (a) The Secretary is authorized on behalf of the United States to enter into an agreement with any State, or with the agency administering the unemployment compensation law of such State, under which such State agency (1) will make, as agent of the United States, payments of compensation, on the basis provided in subsection (b) of this section, to Federal employees, and (2) will otherwise cooperate with the Secretary and with other State agencies in making payments of compensation under this title.
“(b) Any such agreement shall provide that compensation will be paid by the State to any Federal employee, with respect to unemployment after December 31, 1953, in the same amount, on the same terms, and subject to the same conditions as the compensation which would be payable to such employee under the unemployment compensation law of the State if the Federal service and Federal wages of such employee assigned to such State under section 1504 had been included as employment and wages under such law.
"(c) Any determination by a State agency with respect to entitlement to compensation pursuant to an agreement under this section shall be subject to review in the same manner and to the same extent as determinations under the State unemployment compensation law, and only in such manner and to such extent.
"(d) Each agreement shall provide the terms and conditions upon which the agreement may be amended or terminated. "COMPENSATION FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES IN ABSENCE OF STATE AGREEMENT
"Sec. 1503. (a) In the case of a Federal employee whose Federal service and Federal wages are assigned under section 1504 to a State which does not have an agreement under this title with the Secretary, the Secretary, in accordance with regulations prescribed by him, shall, upon the filing by such employee of a claim for compensation under this subsection, make payments of compensation to him with respect to unemployment after December 31, 1953, in the same amounts, on the same terms, and subject to the same conditions as would be paid to him under the unemployment compensation law of such State if such employee's Federal service and Federal wages had been included as employment and wages