Unemployment Insurance Changes: Getting Back to Work
With COVID19 cases continuing to decline due to the successful rollout of vaccines across the nation, it seems the world is slowly starting to spin back into a pre-pandemic lifestyle. Returning to normalcy after so long can be difficult because many Americans have been relying on unemployment insurance and added COVID19 unemployment relief benefits after losing their jobs during the pandemic. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the American Rescue Plan has extended the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance as well as the additional $300 in weekly benefits until September 6th. On May 10th, President Joe Biden addressed the economy and stated, in regard to unemployment benefits, that “anyone collecting unemployment who is offered a suitable job must take the job or lose their unemployment benefits.” This may mean that employers will be calling back laid-off employees, and jobs will continue to open. It’s important to be ready and understand options available to help ease you back into the workforce flow.
Additional Government Assistance
Unemployment insurance benefits might be coming to an end soon, which means a return to the workforce for many Americans. Luckily, it seems the government isn’t just going to throw you into the deep end but is offering additional steps in helping Americans get back to work. The biggest issue people are facing when it comes to returning to work seems to be childcare. Many children are still practicing online learning or returning to school for only a couple of days. Parents lost access to childcare while providers were forced to close their daycare doors. The Biden-Harris Administration is providing funding in the American Rescue Plan to address the childcare crisis caused by COVID19 and allow parents to find reliable childcare for their children when they return to work. The administration is also working to open schools as quickly and safely as possible to address the childcare crisis. The Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit in the American Rescue Plan will also provide Americans with a tax credit for childcare expenses.
Additional assistance is also being provided to employers to be able to allow employees to return to work part-time without losing full unemployment insurance benefits. Two programs were introduced to help ease workers back in the form of a short-time compensation program designed for employees returning to their original place of work allowing them to still collect a portion of unemployment benefits as well as the extra $300 weekly supplement until the designated date. A partial UI program is an option for workers who are starting new jobs at reduced hours, and enables them to still receive some unemployment benefits.
Jump Right Back In
If you’re ready to join the workforce and you can’t wait to get back to putting in as many hours as possible, now you can again. With these assistances in place it may be more tempting than ever to jump back into what you did before or dive into a new opportunity. Many companies are starting to hire again as the pandemic starts to wind down and jobs are going to continue to become available as COVID19 numbers continue to decrease. Armada Trucking Group is currently hiring drivers for all of our divisions, check us out if you’re ready to get behind the wheel again, safely and efficiently.