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Weekly (4/20/20)

Topic of the Week  COVID-19 Resources

  • Unemployment Insurance for Individuals Affected by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
  • Unemployment Insurance Relief During COVID-19 Outbreak
  • Unemployment Insurance Protections in Response to COVID-19: State Developments
  • Plant Closings / Mass Layoffs

Unemployment Insurance for Individuals Affected by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Many States have adopted a range of helpful policies to expand access to Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. In addition, the federal government is allowing new options for states to amend their laws to provide UI benefits related to COVID-19.  

Unemployment Insurance Relief During COVID-19 Outbreak
The CARES Act gives states the option of extending unemployment compensation to independent contractors and other workers who are ordinarily ineligible for unemployment benefits.

Unemployment Insurance Protections in Response to COVID-19: State Developments
Additional states have adopted COVID-19 related provisions for UI. NELP has a great document that covers all 50 states.

Plant Closings / Mass Layoffs
The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act offers some protection to workers, their families and communities against plant closings and/or mass layoffs, by requiring employers to give their workers sixty days notice before a plant closing or mass layoff.

Thought of the Week

"The problem is that many people who are in low-paid work – or who aren’t working at all – aren’t able to access the information they need to plan for the future or the relevant training they need to gain new skills. They also tend to work in places and industries that are likely to lose out over the next decade, making it harder than ever for them to access good jobs."

–Nesta

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    Occupations With the Highest COVID-19 Risk

    • 29% of Americans able to work from home
    • Dental hygenists have the highest occupational risk hazard of 99.7%
    • Bus drivers (678,260 employed) and cashiers (3,635,559 employed) are also considered hi risk, both of which require workers to be in close physical proximity with others.
     

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