Congress has passed the sweeping $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill and sent it to the White House for President Biden to sign.
As a result of recent guidance from the US Department of Labor more workers affected by the COVID-19 public health emergency may be eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.
President Trump signed the COVID-19 relief bill, which includes $900 billion earmarked for COVID-19 aid. In addition to extending the availability of tax credits for employers that continue to provide leave under the terms established by the FFCRA, the bill contains a number of other takeaways for employers.
Several states have set up websites for employers with guidance and ways to report employees who refuse offers to return to work as businesses take steps to reopen from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The District of Columbia passed an emergency law expanding the District's unemployment insurance program and creating additional paid sick leave entitlements for employees of mid-sized employers.
Weekly unemployment benefits claims jumped to 6.6 million for March 23-27, double the figure for the previous week. The Congressional Budget Office predicts the unemployment rate will exceed 10% for the second quarter of 2020, and some analysts predict the figure will be closer to 15%.
Amidst the growing global coronavirus pandemic, the House of Representatives has passed a sweeping bill that aims to strengthen the safety net for workers.
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