Biden order allows people who quit jobs where they thought they could catch coronavirus to collect unemployment
Continuing a wave of executive action, President Biden on Friday signed an order calling on the Labor Department to allow workers to receive unemployment benefits if they quit a job they fear puts them at risk of COVID -19.
Referring to a Gallup poll which found that 43% of Americans live in a household where at least one member has a pre-existing condition, the White House wrote in a Release: “The President asks the Ministry of Labor to consider clarifying that workers have a federally guaranteed right to refuse a job that will endanger their health and if they do, they will still be entitled to insurance -unemployment.
As a rule, workers can only receive unemployment if they are made redundant or made redundant in certain cases. In some cases, workers who quit their jobs for a “good reason” may receive benefits. Good causes include unsafe working conditions, discrimination in the workplace, harassment, lack of pay or change of duties.
Under Biden’s $ 1.9 trillion coronavirus aid proposal, federal unemployment would be raised to $ 400 per week for unemployed Americans, from the $ 300 per week that lawmakers approved in December.
Over time, Biden would phase out higher unemployment benefits, depending on health and economic conditions – seeking to avoid a so-called “tax cliff” that could deal a serious blow to American families dependent on aid. It would extend income support, which is expected to end in March, by approximately six months until September 2021.
900,000 more Americans applied for unemployment benefits for the first time last week.
That number is nearly four times the pre-crisis level, but is well below the peak of nearly 7 million reached when stay-at-home orders were first issued in March. Nearly 70 million Americans, or about 40% of the working population, have applied for unemployment benefits during the pandemic.
The number of people who continue to receive unemployment benefits fell to 5.054 million, a decrease of about 127,000 from the previous week.
Other Americans are receiving unemployment assistance from two federal programs established by Congress with the passage of the CARES Act in March: provides assistance to those who have exhausted their state benefits.
Meghan Henney of FOX Business contributed to this report.