March 16, 2020

Quarantined Individuals Eligible For U.S. Unemployment Benefits And Other Guidance For Businesses And Employees

The U.S. Department of Labor issued guidance on Thursday, March 12 that makes it clear employees impacted by COVID-19 are eligible for federal unemployment insurance benefits. That guidance covers individuals who are quarantined because of the virus and who expect to return to work. It also applies to those who leave employment to avoid exposure and to individuals who are out of work in order to care for a family member. Employees who work at companies who close during the outbreak also can access federal unemployment benefits as a result of the order. The full guidance is available here.

The U.S. government and major business trade associations also continue to offer new resources for businesses trying to manage COVID-19. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has:

Other information that may be of interest:

  • The National Association of Manufacturers maintains a COVID-19 webpage here.
  • Supply Chain Dive explores how to manage the COVID-19 risk to supply chains.
  • IndustryWeek has information on how to keep supply chains moving in the face of COVID-19.
  • Thomas offers best practices for how to keep manufacturing facilities safe.