IUPAT BOLD ACTION PLATFORM FOR WORKING FAMILIES
First and foremost, there must be no bailouts for big corporations without a bailout for workers. Second, any corporate assistance issued should be engineered to reach the paychecks of workers, not just executives. Corporate assistance should be limited in scope, and should include provisions that protect the rights and economic interests of low- and middle- income workers.
Furthermore, working families need Congress to take these four Bold Actions now:
- Immediate cash infusion and extended medical leave
- Provide healthcare protections for both the insured and uninsured
- Bolster/secure retirement plans
- Invest in American infrastructure
Pension Department Update (March 19, 2020)
Our members should stay informed from trusted international, national, and local public health professionals to learn more about this pandemic and steps we can take to stay safe.
Wages, Hours and Leave
The Wage and Hour Division is providing information on common issues employers and workers face when responding to COVID-19, including the effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act and job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
Unemployment Insurance Flexibilities
NOTE: Check with your state’s unemployment insurance program regarding the rules in your state.
The Employment and Training Administration announced new guidance outlining state flexibilities in administering their unemployment insurance programs to assist Americans affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Under the guidance, federal law permits significant flexibility for states to amend their laws to provide unemployment insurance benefits in multiple scenarios related to COVID-19. For example, federal law allows states to 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.
In addition, federal law does not require an employee to quit in order to receive benefits due to the impact of COVID-19.