Wednesday, March 18, 2020

PA Unemployment Compensation in the age of coronavirus

The federal government has authorized some "flexibilities" in state unemployment compensation systems to address coronavirus issues. In short, states can pay benefits where:
  •  An employer temporarily ceases operations due to COVID-19, preventing employees from coming to work; 
  • An individual is quarantined with the expectation of returning to work after the quarantine is over; and 
  • An individual leaves employment due to a risk of exposure or infection or to care for a family member.
And Pennsylvania is all about it! They've got a special page setup: Information for Pennsylvania Employees Impacted by COVID-19. You may be eligible if:
  • Your employer temporarily closes or goes out of business because of COVID-19 
  • Your employer reduces your hours because of COVID-19 
  • You have been told not to work because your employer feels you might get or spread COVID-19 
  • You have been told to quarantine or self-isolate, or live/work in a county under government-recommended mitigation efforts
There's a link to apply online. Also, hot off the presses, they have:
  • Waived the "waiting week" requirement (usually claimants are ineligible in the first week); and
  • Waived the work search and work registration requirements. 
Although it is not specifically mentioned on that page, I want to remind folks about PA's Shared Work Program. It's an alternative to layoffs, where employers can reduce hours across the board (or across a division) and the affected employees can make up some of the difference with UC. 

Stay tuned . . . waaaay more stuff coming on a ton of employment law fronts as we all try to make it through this mess. 

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