CBO Reports on Bonus Unemployment Benefit

One provision of the aforementioned CARES Act that struck me as counterintuitive to expediting the economic recovery from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic was the payment of an additional $600 weekly to the unemployed. Although the additional funds are not authorized beyond July 31, 2020, some in the House of Representatives want to extend…

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House Bill Would Extend $600 UI Premium

The challenge of hiring enough qualified workers to staff your QSRs would be that much more difficult under the latest CARES Act proposal heading to a vote in the US House as early as today.  Among the wish-list of goodies in the latest $3 Trillion stimulus proposal is an extension through January 2021 of the…

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Another 6.6 Million Unemployment Claims Filed

The news from the Department of Labor (DOL), was no better yesterday than it was the past two weeks as another 6.6 million Americans filed first time claims for unemployment insurance in the face of the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Last week’s total of 6,648,000 claims was adjusted upwards during the week by an increase of…

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Miscellaneous

Last week saw new unemployment claims set a new record with 3.3 million claims in one week. Well, that record didn’t last long as the Department of Labor (DOL) yesterday reported that new claims for unemployment benefits reached over 6.6 million – more than double last week’s record! To put those numbers in perspective, the…

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Jobless Claims Beginning to Spike

As COVID-19 continues to spread around the nation the inevitable jump in unemployment claims is seemingly now beginning in earnest. According to the weekly initial unemployment claims data from the Department of Labor, seasonally-adjusted initial claims were some 70,000 higher for the week ending March 14 than they were in the prior week. Total initial…

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Kentucky Requires Lawyers in Unemployment Hearings

In what could undoubtedly be an expensive ruling for Kentucky businesses, the Kentucky Court of Appeals has tossed out a longstanding law allowing a non-lawyer to represent an employer at administrative unemployment hearings.  In its April 26 decision, the court found the law an unconstitutional encroachment on the state judicial branch’s executive authority to regulate…

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Miscellaneous

The tightening of the labor market isn’t showing any signs of letting up. Just yesterday, the Department of Labor released unemployment enrollment numbers showing the lowest number of people collecting unemployment benefits at the end of 2017 in 44 years. At the end of last year, DOL recorded 1.87 million collecting unemployment insurance, the lowest…

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NJ Governor Vetoes More UI Payments to Strikers

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has made good on a promise to veto legislation that would have expanded the ability of striking workers to collect additional unemployment insurance payments while on strike.  In his veto message to the legislature, he especially highlighted retroactive provisions in the legislation that would have reached back to April 10,…

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You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!

So, just yesterday it was reported that earlier this week the New Jersey Senate approved legislation authorizing the payment of unemployment benefits to striking workers.  Assembly Speaker Vinnie Prieto, who plans a vote on the issue soon, opined that strikers should not have to go weeks without getting compensation!  Wait, what??  Then, it follows that…

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