Stephanie Ferguson

Special Assistant to the President

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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.

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.