Summary: H.R.4373 — 107th Congress (2001-2002)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (04/16/2002)

Keep America Working Act of 2002 - Amends the Internal Revenue Code to expand the circumstances under which employment compensation is available to provide coverage due to the following, among other, circumstances, part-time employment, seasonal work, loss of employment due to sexual harassment, loss of child care, leaving work due to domestic violence, and base period employment of less than 20 hours per week.

Redefines the term "wages" for purposes of the Federal Unemployment Tax Act.

Repeals provisions: (1) allowing past Internal Revenue Service audits to act as the basis for current employment status determinations; (2) prohibiting regulations and rulings on employment status; and (3) outlining the determination of an employer's liability for certain employment taxes.

Permits unemployment compensation where separation from work is due to a spouse or domestic partner's change in residence. Specifies manner for computation of wage replacement ratios.

Amends the Social Security Act to require increases and decreases in the earnings allocated to State accounts when States meet or fail to meet funding goals.

Lowers the threshold for triggering an extended benefit period. Eliminates special Federal eligibility requirements for individuals seeking compensation in an extended benefit period.

Defines contents of unemployment compensation reports submitted by States. Establishes a review panel to compare States' unemployment compensation systems.