On Thursday, the 12th of March 2020, shortly after the reveal of an unprecedent fall in weekly unemployment benefit by 4,000 to 211,000 despite a coronavirus pandemic ringing a recession bell over the horizon, the US Labour Department had issued a statement saying that it would allow US states to amend their legislations in order to proffer unemployment benefits in critical circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic, pointing towards further flexibility in to a US economy which has been vying to vent out a way to curb out the financial fallouts of the pandemic.
Besides, according to the US Labour Department’s Thursday’s (March 12th) statement, US states would be allowed to pay off unemployment benefits in times of temporary leaves, as coronavirus has already been begun to prevent workers from coming in to workspaces, for example NY Fed had already asked their employees to work from home.
Aside from that, in case of a mass-scale quarantine or a quarantine of an individual, the quarantined person would be eligible for unemployment benefits. Meanwhile, adding that the Labour Department had been employing every tools to limit the layoffs of coronavirus pandemic, US Labour Department Secretary, Eugene Scalia said in a statement late on Thursday (March 12th), “The Administration is using all available tools to decrease the risk of coronavirus in the United States and to assist workers who may be affected.
Under the guidance issued today, states have greater assurance about the circumstances in which they are authorized to extend unemployment insurance benefits to Americans whose employment has been disrupted by coronavirus.
” As of Thursday (March 12th), 38 people in the United States were died due to coronavirus, while the number of infected people rose to 1,300.