Nebraska senators advance employment leave bill for workers

LINCOLN, NE (Associated Press) – Nebraska workers who leave their job to care for a family member with a serious health condition could qualify for unemployment benefits under a bill advanced by lawmakers.

Senators gave the measure first-round approval Thursday with a 29 to 11 vote.

The proposal by Sen. Sue Crawford, of Bellevue, is aimed at workers who quit their job but are looking for other work that can accommodate their schedule. Workers would first have to make a reasonable effort with their employers to try to keep their jobs.