Stephanie Ferguson

Special Assistant to the President

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School is Back in Session. What that Means for PUA.

As the Pandemic persists and Election Day gets closer, debates surrounding the reopening of schools are heating up. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFRCA) provided relief for caregivers who were unable to return to work because their child’s school or care center was closed due to COVID-19 through means of paid leave or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).

Trump Offers UI Buffer, Congressional Action Still Needed

On Saturday, August 8, President Trump signed four Executive Orders addressing unemployment insurance, payroll taxes, evictions, and student loans. According to President Trump, the Executive Orders were a direct response to Congress’s stalemate over a Phase IV deal.

Senate GOP’s Vision for Pandemic Unemployment Insurance Released

Just days before the expiration of the $600 per week Unemployment Insurance (UI) plus up, the Senate Finance Committee released the American Workers, Families, and Employers Assistance Act, which is the economic assistance portion of the larger GOP bill, the Heath, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools (HEALS) Act. Here is what is proposed in the finance committee’s portion of the fourth stimulus package:

New Virginia Emergency Temporary Standard Sets Out Workplace Safety COVID-19 Requirements

The state of Virginia has become the first in the nation to impose COVID-19 workplace safety mandates and penalties. Yet despite Virginia’s attempt to be precise and comprehensive, questions remain.

Clarification Check: Congress Ensures Relief for Nonprofits

Since the passage of the CARES Act, the narrative surrounding the economic stimulus package has been centered on the essential support provided to businesses and unemployed individuals. One of the lesser known provisions in the CARES Act includes relief for nonprofit organizations. Last week, congress passed legislation ensuring that nonprofits can enjoy this benefit without having to cut through bureaucratic red tape.