So long, safety net

From August 2007 until June 2015, Cynthia Gussert worked as an office manager and secretary for Springhetti Landscaping and Lawn Care in Neenah, answering phones, paying bills and doing other office tasks.

She liked the job, but during the winter months, work ground to a halt and the owner was forced to lay off Gussert, along with most of his employees. Gussert — like thousands of employees laid off seasonally around the state — would file for unemployment benefits to help pay her bills until work picked up again...

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Ken Notes: Fraud is an issue and so is seasonal unemployment. In construction, tourism, landscaping and other industries there is a need for downtime income. We may need to rethink how we separate the two issues.



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