Pennsylvania Outlaws 'Triple-Dipping' by State Retirees
It took barely 24 hours for Gov. Tom Corbett to put pen to paper and sign into law a bill sent to him on Wednesday that bars state government retirees who return to commonwealth service for a temporary assignment from collecting jobless benefits.
The Senate and House both voted unanimously this week to ban this "triple-dipping" practice that allows the retirees to collect their pension, salary and then unemployment compensation.
This law is estimated will save the state $1 million annually.
The state Department of Labor & Industry reports 459 retired employees cashed in on more than $2 million in jobless benefits in 2010 and 2011 after completing their temporary assignments that brought them back into state service.