Jobless Claims Hit Pandemic Low

Notwithstanding the expanding spread of the COVID Delta variant and the ongoing difficulties with getting the economy completely opened up again – let alone the continuing labor shortage – first-time unemployment claims dropped last week to 340,000, the lowest level since the pandemic hit in March of 2020. This Department of Labor (DOL) report comes…

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Maryland Unemployment Premium Restored

As we advised you last week, a Maryland court in Baltimore had ordered the restoration of the federal $300 weekly premium for unemployed individuals, notwithstanding the severe labor shortage that businesses are currently facing. Well, this week in that same Baltimore City Circuit Court, Judge Lawrence Fletcher-Hill replaced his 10-day restraining order with a preliminary…

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Fighting Over Unemployment Premium

As the labor shortage continues to wreak havoc with small businesses across the country, the issue is being fought out in a host of different venues. First off, there are the many states that have announced (or already) that they are suspending or ceasing the extra bonus payments as we’ve reported in prior issues. That…

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25 States Cut UI Premium

Last Saturday marked the beginning states rejecting additional federal funds to pay unemployment premiums to those who’ve yet to return to work as four states (Alaska, Iowa, Mississippi and Missouri) stopped the bonus as of June 12. All told, 25 states will actually cease the payments before the formal federal expiration scheduled for September 6.…

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States Tightening Unemployment Rules

With no indications from Washington DC that the President or Congressional leaders recognize how the $300 unemployment premium is exacerbating the labor shortage, a number of governors around the country are taking action on their own to help get their citizens back to work. As of this writing, no fewer than 12 governors – coincidentally…

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Fighting the Labor Shortage

With many small businesses continuing to struggle to get the workers it needs to get their business – and state economies – back on track, some states are trying to recreate a work-favorable environment again. Montana governor Greg Gianforte is leading the way with a most creative approach to addressing the current labor shortage in…

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House Readies COVID Relief for Vote Today

Notwithstanding the ruling by the Senate Parliamentarian, the US House is expected to give final approval to Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 as soon as today, with some questions still remaining as to what the final bill will ultimately include. As of this writing, the legislation, which cleared the House Budget…

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Ways & Means Advances New Unemployment Premium

Another important issue that’s being debated and will have a significant impact on businesses’ ability to rehire the help it will need is the unemployment insurance premium that democrats in Congress are pushing. It’s not back to the $600 mark just yet, but it’s certainly moving in that direction. This week, the US House Ways…

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COVID Relief Talks Back in Play

As we move closer to the transition – Congressional as well as Presidential – in Washington DC, long-stalled negotiations on a new COVID-19 stimulus package gained new life. Democratic leaders quickly seemed to rally being $908 billion bipartisan proposal with an eye on winning sufficient support in the republican-led Senate. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)…

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