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Department of Labor Announced Publication of Unemployment Insurance Program Letter

U.S Department of Labor Announced Publication of Unemployment Insurance Program Letter (UIPL)

 

The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the publication of Unemployment Insurance Program Letter (UIPL) 16-20 providing guidance to states for implementation of the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. Under PUA, individuals who do not qualify for regular unemployment compensation and are unable to continue working as a result of COVID-19, such as self-employed workers, independent contractors, and gig workers, are eligible for PUA benefits. This provision is contained in Section 2102 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act enacted on March 27, 2020. 

 

Click here to view the full guidance document.

 

Business Community Reminded of Best Practices 

 

As some businesses remain open and running, we want to remind you of best practices to keep your employees & business safe and healthy during the COVID-19 crisis. Please see the following best practices:


  • Ban in-person meetings (internal or external) and employee convenings (formal or informal) of any size. Employee communication handled virtually wherever possible.
  • Employees scanned regularly on-site for body temperature (contingent on availability of scanning devices, which are in short supply due to acute global demand).
  • Immediate workflow audit that removes instances of employees being within 6’ of each other.
  • Reduction of on-site work hours to minimum needed to sustain operations.
  • Staggered shifts and work hours to minimize on-site human presence at a given time.
  • Staggered use of all shared spaces, including bathrooms, breakrooms and lunchrooms.
  • Staggered facility entry and exit procedures.
  • Mandatory work at home for all employees except those necessary for baseline production and logistics functions.
  • Sanitary processes implemented throughout facility (soap, hand sanitizer, single-use gloves, doors propped open, hands-free capabilities, no shared food).
  • Blue tape marking of surfaces that receive frequent human contact; disinfection of these surfaces multiple times daily.
  • International travel ban – business and personal.
  • Domestic business travel ban except for critical operations (with senior management approval). Domestic personal travel requires employee to self-quarantine for 14 days and be symptom-free before returning to work.
  • Any employee returning from a Level 2 or 3 CDC travel country must self-quarantine for 14 days and be symptom-free before returning to work.
  • No deliveries except those that support production activities or emergency building maintenance.
  • No visitors (including suppliers and customers) except those approved by senior management.
  • Employees must immediately report symptoms associated with COVID-19 exposure.
  • Employees must report contact with any person who tests positive for COVID-19; employee must subsequently self-quarantine for 14 days and be symptom-free before returning to work.

For more Coronavirus information and resources, please go to the Oshkosh Chamber’s Coronavirus Resources webpage.