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Restaurants’ Bailout Problem: Unemployment Pays More; When Losing Your Job Feels Like Losing Your Self; Coronavirus Scapegoating: Employment Discrimination Against Asian Americans

Restaurants’ Bailout Problem: Unemployment Pays More; When Losing Your Job Feels Like Losing Your Self; Coronavirus Scapegoating: Employment Discrimination Against Asian Americans

Workplace Fairness Workplace Week – News and Viewpoint for Working People and Advocates

WASHINGTON (April 28, 2020) – Workplace Fairness (WF) is providing answers to employment questions on state and federal laws regarding public health emergencies, Unemployment Insurance, quarantine, leave and more on our COVID-19 Resource page, which also includes a new page on Unemployment Insurance for Individuals Affected by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The Unemployment Insurance (UI) program pays benefits to workers who have lost their job through no fault of their own and meet the program’s eligibility requirements. Workplace Fairness knows how difficult this time can be for a lot of people. That's why we have updated our Unemployment Eligibility page and our Filing an Unemployment Claim in Your State.

The devastating economic effects of COVID-19 on the world of work are being felt across the nation with business closings, layoffs and cutbacks, as well as the passing of new laws, rules and regulations. Workers are more vulnerable now than perhaps at any other time in our modern history. They seek answers, security and information to protect themselves and their families during these uncertain times. Workers and advocates for workers are turning to Workplace Fairness and visiting our COVID-19 Resource pages for up-to-date information about workers’ rights and COVID-19 laws.

Today's Workplace blog focuses on the following and more:

Know Your Rights to Paid Leave and Unemployment During the COVID-19 Crisis

Robert M. Schwartz

Postal Workers Face the Pandemic as the Service Struggles Financially; Amazon Workers Protest

Jonathan Tasini

Koch-Funded Think Tanks Are Lobbying to Send Workers to Their Deaths

Sarah Lazare

Amazon Will Not Change Without a Union

Hamilton Nolan

Trump is putting the shock doctrine in action, using COVID-19 as an excuse to slash regulations

Laura Clawson

Restaurants’ bailout problem: Unemployment pays more

Ian Kullgren

Trader Joe’s Said I Was ‘Essential’—Safety Concerns Made Me Quit

Jeremy Frakes

How COVID-19 Showed America’s Dependence on Blue-Collar Workers

Tom Conway

Raising the minimum wage prevents suicides, but Republicans won't do it

Laura Clawson

In the CourtsMorrisey v. West Virginia AFL-CIO 

After a nearly five-year battle, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that state’s Right to Work law allowing people to opt out of union dues was legal.

WF Note: You can help us in our effort to support employees, as they navigate these unchartered waters, by making a donation today. No amount is too small or too large. Together, we can ensure that individual workers are protected and empowered! Click here to make your contribution now!

With your support, we can continue to meet the changing needs of workers across the country. We can continue to expand our online platform with new and updated resources, and we can build new programs and projects that will help us reach more workers and provide even more help and information to America’s workforce.

We hope you will consider making a financial contribution to help improve workplace fairness across the nation. For more information about Workplace Fairness or how to support/donate to the organization, please contact Carole Bernard, Administrative and Development Director, at carole@workplacefairness.org.

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About Workplace Fairness 

Workplace Fairness is a national nonprofit organization that provides information, education and assistance to individual workers and their advocates nationwide and promotes public policies that advance employee rights. The organization’s mission is to educate workers and their advocates about workplace rights and options for resolving workplace problems and that policymakers, members of the business community and the public view the fair treatment of workers as both good business practice and sound public policy. 

Private Interview Opportunities

Individual interviews with Workplace Fairness staff and members of the Board of Directors can be scheduled to discuss workplace issues for workers and employers.

Media Contact

Edgar Ndjatou
Executive Director
(202) 540-0620


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