UI

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Unemployment Insurance (UI) – Lessons from the American federal‐state system

This article reviews practices in the United States (US) federal‐state unemployment insurance (UI) system regarding applicant eligibility, benefit generosity, benefit financing and emergency measures with the aim of revealing lessons for a possible European unemployment benefit system (EUBS) for European Union (EU) Member States. We overview the US system for UI and examine important areas … Continue reading

UI during COVID in US – How to improve it

This panel will focus on changes in unemployment insurance (UI) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and how lessons from these changes can guide reform of the federal-state UI system. For example, what lessons does the CARES Act UI payments experience offer on how we can better promote an equitable recovery? … Continue reading

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance in US ($600 weekly by UI) – Extension would support millions of workers: See updated state unemployment data | Economic Policy Institute

As of last week, DOL reported that over 15 million workers across 48 states and the District of Columbia are receiving or waiting on a decision for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits, which underscores the importance of extending benefits to those who would otherwise not have been eligible. Five states have at least a million … Continue reading

COVID, UI and Fiscal Policy – Enhancing automatic stabilizers, especially improving unemployment benefit systems and social safety nets, can protect household incomes FMI says

This chapter argues that fiscal policies are at the forefront of facilitating an economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic once the Great Lockdown ends. Policymakers can achieve this objective with IDEAS: Invest for the future—in health systems, infrastructure, low carbon technologies, education, and research; adopt well-planned Discretionary policies that can be deployed quickly; and Enhance … Continue reading

COVID – UI in US and in Europe

Consider an average full-time employee in the food industry, who earned around $500 per weekbefore the coronavirus crisis. Average weekly unemployment insurance last year was $378, and now with the extra $600 from the coronavirus relief law, that worker could collect $978 in unemployment benefits each week for two months — nearly double what he … Continue reading

UI Claims in US (week ending April 25) – 3,8 M , which brings the rolling six-week figure to 30.3 M

The total brings the rolling six-week figure to 30.3 million. In the week ending April 25, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 3,839,000, a decrease of 603,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 15,000 from 4,427,000 to 4,442,000. The 4-week moving average was 5,033,250, … Continue reading

COVID and UI in US – Changes in state Unemployment Insurance rules

The COVID-19 pandemic led to an unprecedented expansion in unemployment insurance (UI) eligibility across states. While more than forty states had modified UI rules by the end of March, not all states responded in the same way. In this article, I summarize the changes to state UI rules in response to the crisis and explore … Continue reading

CARES Act and UI in US – The three new programs

Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (PUC) From the date the bill is signed through July 31, 2020, all regular UI and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance claimants will receive their usual calculated benefit plus an additional $600 per week in compensation. On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law. A … Continue reading

COVID and UI in US – Maximum UI benefits will exceed 90 percent of average weekly wages in all states

WHAT HAS CONGRESS ALREADY DONE TO ADDRESS THE CURRENT CRISIS? The CARES Act—a $2 trillion relief package aimed at alleviating the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic—extends the duration of UI benefits by 13 weeks and increases payments by $600 per week through July 31st. This implies that maximum UI benefits will exceed 90 percent … Continue reading

COVID, Cares Act and UI in US – States struggle to pay out the extra $600

Most other states have started to provide the extra federal jobless aid, though many did so only this week, nearly a month after businesses began shutting down across the country because of the coronavirus outbreak. At least 32 states will provide the extra federal benefits by the end of this week. California, the most populous … Continue reading

COVID and Labor Shortages in US – Wanted: People who know COBOL for UI program coding

On top of ventilators, face masks and health care workers, you can now add COBOL programmers to the list of what several states urgently need as they battle the coronavirus pandemic. In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy has put out a call for volunteers who know how to code the decades-old computer programming language called … Continue reading

Unemployment Insurance in US – State program loans from the Treasury larger than in any previous recession research finds

The Great Recession of 2007–2009 and its aftermath have posed the most serious challenge to unemployment insurance (UI) financing since the state UI programs were established during the late 1930s. Since 2008, 36 of the 53 state UI programs have borrowed from the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) to finance benefit payments in the … Continue reading

Texas / Drug testing for unemployment passes

A bill that would allow the state to drug screen unemployment applicants has passed the Texas House. Rep. Brandon Creighton presented the measure to the House Tuesday night The law would require state officials to screen applicants to see whether they might abuse drugs. Only if there is reasonable suspicion could the Texas Workforce Commission … Continue reading

UI in US / Expanding the definition of misconduct

Traditionally, unemployment benefits can go to any laid-off employee not guilty of “misconduct.” By law, simple failure to meet production quotas, for example, cannot be deemed misconduct unless it represents a “willful and wanton” refusal. In the past two years, however, four states have rewritten their laws to vastly expand the definition of misconduct. In … Continue reading

North Carolina Extended Employment Benefits To End In May

Based on notification from the U.S. Department of Labor, North Carolina is no longer eligible for the Extended Benefits program. The last payable week of the Extended Benefits program will be the week ending May 12, 2012. Workers who file their claim through the Extended Benefits program will no longer be eligible to receive extended … Continue reading

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