“It does if it’s used in a way that’s meant to take advantage of the system as opposed to using it for the right purposes,” said Keegan. “Nobody will object to a person who is rightfully entitled to unemployment if their position is eliminated or there is no work for them beyond a certain date. The focus of concern is all of the ones that fall into those gaps.”
Foxborough Town Manager Kevin Paicos noted that his town has made adjustments to hiring practices based on unemployment concerns, such as hiring for seasonal positions only college students who plan to return to school in the fall.
“If they’re not a student going back to school, we don’t hire them, period,” Paicos said, “which frankly is a shame, because there probably are a whole lot of out-of-work people who’d love to have a seasonal job, and we’d love to give them to them. The problem is, it opens us up to gigantic unemployment claims, and it’s not going to happen. So, it’s good for the college kids but lousy for the average middle-class man or woman who is out of work.”
While Paicos said he was happy to receive the response from the task force, he noted that he’d be most thankful for simpler laws that would require less administrative time to maintain.
“We’d like to have some rational application of common sense to unemployment law in a way that any thinking taxpayer would embrace without the requirement for epically involved administration.”
David Rattigan may be reached at DRattigan.Globe@Gmail.com.