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Spouse Licensure

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Key Message

Providing unemployment compensation is both pragmatic and a matter of principle: A military family moves to fulfill military requirements and spouses should not be penalized by states for \"voluntary\" leaving employment.

Summary

Unemployment compensation is important to military families, who cannot afford to lose income during a military move. Military spouses report that they frequently lose significant family income when moving from state to state.

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Mandatory military moves require spouses to leave employment and start again in a state with new licensing requirements. States can help by expediting licensing through endorsement, temporary licensure and streamlined processes. States should also recognize that these mandatory job separations should afford military spouses eligibility for unemployment compensation.

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