Stephanie Ferguson

Special Assistant to the President

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UI and Returning to Work: What You Need to Know

Over the past week, dozens of states have begun to reopen, allowing businesses to partially resume operations. Restaurants, retailers, gyms, and other service-oriented industries are calling on employees to return. With this, workers who have sought unemployment benefits are questioning what returning to work looks like, and some are wondering if they actually have to go back. Recent guidance from the Department of Labor clears up this question.

California Expands Workers’ Compensation through New Executive Order

Yesterday, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order (EO) N-62-20. The Order significantly expands current workers’ compensation policy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes a slew of provisions that will likely lead to a surge in workers’ compensation claims, raising costs for employers, insurers, and the state.

UI Eligibility and the CARES Act

With the federal government having passed numerous Corona virus relief bills, there is naturally a fair amount of confusion about how to interpret and apply them. The expanded unemployment insurance (UI) benefits for displaced workers under the CARES Act are no exception. There is some basic information that workers and employers should know about UI.