If you need a one-stop short on the latest about unemployment benefits, you can listen to multiple times, and this is the show. My friend and return guest, employment law attorney Tom Spiggle, offers the basics of the expanded unemployment provisions (although most people will need to consult their state unemployment laws).
More about Tom:
Tom Spiggle is a former prosecutor and former Assistant U.S. Attorney. His website also has a very informative blog regarding these topics at SpiggleLaw.com. He is regularly quoted in the media often in publications such as The Washington Post, Forbes, CNN, and Huffington Post.
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-Each state is administering unemployment benefits differently. The state’s Department of Labor(DOL) is the place to start. They have a link to each state’s DOL.
-Broadly, there is an extension of benefits to 13 weeks, $600 on top of what you’re normally getting if you’ve been receiving benefits
-If you’ve discontinued benefits due to a short term contract, you should be able to get back on through an expedited process. This will vary from state to state as the federal government is trying to get more money in the pockets of Americans during this time.
-Gig workers or freelancers are now eligible to get unemployment benefits
-It will be rare that people who qualify for benefits won’t get it
-Sick leave and Family Medical Leave has significantly expanded
-Although health care workers on the front lines don’t qualify for the extended benefits
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