The American Jobs Act – Details (Part 1)

The American Jobs Act — Details (Part 1)

Following his speech on the American Jobs Act earlier this month, President Obama has been visiting cities across the country in order to gain support for the proposed stimulus plan.

While you are likely already aware of the highlights of the plan, there are additional provisions that have not received much attention. These provisions are important to all Americans who are currently looking for work.

Prohibits Discrimination Against Unemployed Workers

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Thousands of out of work Americans have encountered job postings that only accept applications from workers who are “currently employed”.

One of the little talked about aspects of the American Jobs Acts is a provision that would prohibit this type of discrimination based on your employment status.

As proposed, the American Jobs Act would incorporate The Fair Employment Opportunity Act of 2011, which would prevent companies and employment agencies from discriminating against applicants on the basis of employment status.

Mortgage Refinancing

While interest rates on mortgages have fallen to approximately 4%, millions of Americans are unable to refinance their mortgages at these low rates. Banks and lenders have become much more strict as a result of the financial crisis, making it challenging to refinance an existing mortgage.

The American Jobs Act includes language that would help facilitate mortgage refinancing. The government estimates that a typical American family would be able to save approximately $2,000 per year on mortgage costs if they were able to refinance at the current rates.