The administration of unemployment compensation in Massachusetts.
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The author has chosen the administration of Unemployment Compensation in Massachusetts for several reasons. First it is a subject which has gained a great deal of publicity in recent months due to the unpleasant financial situation in which it finds itself. In addition, in spite of its publicity, the layman knows but little about its legal basis, administration and effect on the general public. Unfortunately what publicity it has received has tended to place it in a very unfavorable light. The author feels that much of the criticism it has received is unjustified. For that reason, his thesis is that Unemployment Compensation as it actually exists in this state is well conceived and executed. However, the paper does not under evaluate its shortcomings but rather to relegate them to the proper position in the whole picture. The paper only discusses one aspect of employment security, that of unemployment compensation. It would be too large a task to attempt to discuss also the fine work performed by the State in job placement. Besides giving the history leading up to the present system in Massachusetts, the paper's body contains three other topics. These are the process of administration of the law, the adequacy of the system in terms of its social utility and finally a discussion of the financial structure of the system. [TRUNCATED]
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