Should Congress provide unemployment benefits for workers affected by Coronavirus?
• “Our country is facing a serious health crisis, and Utahns shouldn’t have to choose between a paycheck and protecting their own health. By providing assistance for those unable to work due to the coronavirus, our legislation will ease the financial uncertainty that families in Utah and across the country may face during this time.” Source: Sen. Mitt Romney (Republican, Utah)
Awaiting Vote .
HR 6207 states that under a declared state of emergency, individuals in the affected areas (wherever the emergency applies; if national, then the affected area is the entire nation) will receive unemployment benefits. The eligibility for benefits are that the individual has experienced at least a week of inability to work as usual due to Coronavirus. This can be because of voluntary reduction in hours due to personal safety and health or issues getting to work because of emergency services (e.g., state of emergency caused your workplace to close). For self-employed individuals, eligibility includes that the individual cannot work because of personal or family crisis due to the Coronavirus. Sponsor: Rep. Derek Kilmer (Democrat, Washington, District 6)
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- The Impact of the Coronavirus on the Job Market (FOX8)
- Working From Home: How Coronavirus Could Affect the Workplace (NYT)
- Dear LAist: Will I Get Paid if Coronavirus Puts Me out of a Job? (LAist)
- One of Your Employees is Diagnosed with Coronavirus: What now? (CNN)