Some Making More Money on Unemployment Than at Work – Democrats Seek to Extend Federal Payments
Article from For Liberty by Norm Leahy.
One provision of the $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief bill Congress passed last month was providing laid off workers an extra $600 per week in unemployment benefits on top of state-supplied benefits.
The intention of the federal money: to keep unemployed workers more financially secure – and at home – while the virus raged. But there’s a downside to the extra money: many people are now earning more from unemployment than when they had jobs. And that could be trouble for businesses trying to reopen:
The pressure for businesses to staff back up is especially intense as many have tapped federal loans contingent on paying employees. The government’s Paycheck Protection Program forgives the loans if companies bring back all workers within eight weeks of receiving funds that can be used to pay operational expenses such as payroll and rent.
Some states have said workers who’ve been furloughed and then called back to work – and refuse to return – will lose their unemployment benefits.
To get workers back, employers have had to offer higher wages and other benefits. But some Democratic lawmakers hope to extend the $600 weekly benefit, which is scheduled to expire July 31:
Among the Democratic bill’s provisions:
Unemployed people receiving the additional $600 in weekly unemployment benefits will receive it until 30 days after President Trump ends his emergency declaration.
Those getting aid from the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program — designed for contractors and gig workers — will not be limited in the number of weeks they can collect unemployment until 26 weeks after “extreme social distancing” is over.
Workers that use up their 26 weeks of traditional state unemployment benefits would be able to access another 26 weeks fully paid for by the federal government.
Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet (D) said the extension is intended to “sustain people whose lives have been upended through no fault of their own until they can safely go back to work.”
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The isis dems have two reasons for doing this. One, it will help bankrupt this country and two, it will make more people depend on the government so they can control them better. The dems are terrorists and need to be stopped however possible
“SOME states have said workers who’ve been furloughed and then called back to work – and refuse to return – will lose their unemployment benefits.
That should be rewritten that NO unemployment benefits will be permitted to be paid to ANY person who is recalled to their previous job and refuses to return. AND that ALL benefits collected from the time the Federal increase was received MUST be returned immediately.
Those that don’t would lose their right to future benefits from the Federal Government until such refunds are made.
This is just another way to destroy America and make slaves of future generations! Destroy the Democrat Party in November!
Dumbest thing I have ever heard. Legislation was flawed from the outset. We should give those who are unemployed the money only if they are start working by 1 June and stay employed until the end of the year. The incentive is to get back to the unemployment numbers we enjoyed before the virus.
Encourage dependence and laziness. That is quite a plan. That is what the Arabs have in the Middle East.
By the way, it hasn’t gotten them very far.
This is crazy $600 extra per week .And here in new york tenants can’t be evicted for not paying their rent.Why ?The state doesn’t own private property.How are landlords suppose to pay their taxes,make repairs and pay their bills?Anyone who refuses to return to their jobs should no longer get unemployment .
Each and every Democrat that is supporting this enabling legislation should, by law, forfeit his/her personal income and accept the proposal they propagate.
There lies the incentive for lawmakers to stop this madness of separation, lock-down and stagnation. A congressman living on $2,400 – $4,800 a month v. $12k – $20k a month.
That should shut them up.
Get back to work.
Make America Self Sufficient Again.
THIS IS INSANE !!! What this Congress has done is to give employees no reason to return to work, made for a tence employer / employee relatioship and created an employer against the Goverment pay system. Most employees now want to be fired or laid off to reap the cash flow opportunity provided by Uncle Sam. Someone needs to wise up.