MONTPELIER (AP) - Military service members and their families can be put in a tough spot when the military orders one spouse to move and the other must give up a job to move along with the service member.

Now the Vermont House has endorsed a bill designed to ease that situation. It would allow the spouse uprooted from a civilian job to collect state unemployment benefits. And it would do so without increasing the experience rating, and possibly unemployment insurance costs, for the employer.

Forty-four other states already offer unemployment benefits to military spouses in such circumstances.

Rep. Maxine Grad, lead sponsor of the bill, says military families should not be penalized when the military member has to move.


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