Hawaii House of Representatives resolution asks for changes to help unemployed victims of domestic violence


The House of Representatives of the State of Hawaii has issued a resolution requesting that Congress examine federal laws and regulations to allow states to more readily enact unemployment compensation-related laws that will allow fear of domestic or sexual violence to be a valid reason for not accepting “suitable work.” The state also requests review of the “able and available” work requirements as they apply to victims of domestic or sexual violence who seek benefits during periods of unemployment since it can be challenging for such victims to comply with them (H.R. 72, L. 2011, 4/4/2011).