HC Deb 28 June 1934 vol 291 cc1314-5W

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that in the case of an employer who has collected from his employés contributions to unemployment insurance by making deductions from wages each week and, having failed to stamp the insurance cards, becomes bankrupt, the employés are refused unemployment pay on the ground that the contributions have not been paid for the specified period; and whether he will consider the desirability of making provision that in such cases the workmen shall not be deprived of unemployment pay?


Cases of the kind described in the question are dealt with in accordance with decisions by the Umpire. If the insured contributor by duly presenting his unemployment book to his employer has made every reasonable effort to secure that contributions in respect of him were paid and if deductions at the appropriate rate have been made from his wages, then, for benefit purposes, the contributions may be regarded as having been paid on the dates on which they were due, and the contributor is not held responsible for the default of his employer.