Tag: benefits

Posted in Business

Culinary and Bartenders unions announce extended benefits from MGM, Caesars

Culinary and Bartenders union members will have their family health benefits in place until March 1 of next year, even if they are currently laid off or furloughed.

The unions announced new agreements with MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment Inc. Monday, the same day 18,000 domestic MGM Resorts workers were laid off.

The new agreement also includes two year recall rights for union workers who were laid off as a result of COVID-19, which means they can return to their same jobs with full seniority as business improves.

Negotiations began March 11, and the new terms cover roughly 36,000 union workers across 22 Strip properties, according to a news release.

“Behind every worker is a family, and we are proud to have partnered with MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment during this difficult time to ensure workers are protected during this pandemic and are not left behind when the economy

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Posted in Insurance

Westchester DA Warns Residents Of New Unemployment Benefits Scam

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY—As the coronavirus pandemic results in a surge in unemployment – scams that prey on residents down on their luck are also on the rise. According to Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr., his office has received several reports of fraudulent unemployment benefit claims recently.

“Anyone who has been working or has been laid off can become a victim of unscrupulous bad actors who seize identity, file a claim for unemployment benefits using personal identifying information, and obtain money fraudulently from the New York State Department of Labor,” Scarpino said in a news release.

Scarpino said potential victims typically learn of the fraud when either they either receive a letter from the New York State Department of Labor relating to an application for benefits they never sought, and/or their employer receives a similar notification from the department.

According to the district attorney’s office, criminals may have

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Posted in Insurance

How Low Can Dems Go On Unemployment Benefits?

WASHINGTON ― The extra $600 a week Congress added to unemployment benefits is set to expire in a matter of days, and Republicans and Democrats remain as far apart as ever on a deal to extend the money ― both between their parties and within them.

Senate Republicans have delayed unveiling their own legislation to extend the benefits all week, with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) now saying Republicans in his chamber will release their bill on Monday. 

Democratic leaders won’t have much time to negotiate before benefits expire. In fact, even though the extra money was supposed to last until the end of July, many recipients will get their final $600 on Saturday or Sunday, because most states pay benefits on the weekend and July 31 is a Friday. (Regular state unemployment benefits, which are much lower, will continue.) 

And when lawmakers finally get around to hashing out final

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Posted in Personal

How soon will the extra $600 in jobless benefits go away? Your money questions answered

It’s hard out there. And, in this time of uncertainty, USA TODAY is working to find answers to your money questions – anything from stimulus checks or unemployment benefits to your 401(k) or retirement plans. You can submit your questions here and read earlier answers below. We will be updating the Q&A, so check back often. But, also look to these places:

Answer: Yes. Unless Congress takes immediate action, the extra $600 will end on July 25 in every state but New York where it will end on July 26.

Answer: In some states, the benefit will shrink by more than half. In Arizona, the maximum weekly benefit is $240. In Florida, Alabama, and Tennessee, it is $275 per week. Check with your state’s department to determine you’re your benefit will be.

Answer: That’s unclear. Currently, another coronavirus relief package likely won’t be approved until after July, policymakers say.

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It’s now easier for immigrants to get benefits and become citizens using the USCIS website

In an effort to streamlines operations and the legal process, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) launched an updated website easier for users to navigate. The goal is to reduce wait times for immigrants applying for benefits like achieving American citizenship through naturalization or getting a green card replacement.

In addition to improving site usability and reader experience, the redesigned USCIS website, immigration authorities said, helps immigrants “better navigate our existing online tools and resources, as well as to file and manage applications and petitions online.”

“We are also making information about our processes easier to find by streamlining our navigation based on user feedback, data and best practices,” the Department of Homeland Security agency said in a press release on Tuesday.

The renewed internet page has direct links to multilingual resources, USCIS services online, the most accessed forms to apply for immigration benefits, and case management tools

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Do the benefits outweigh the risks?

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Schools across the country were closed in March as part of the effort to contain the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States. Students, teachers, parents and administrators scrambled to put together a makeshift distance-learning curriculum for the rest of the academic year, with the hopes the virus would be under control enough to allow in-person instruction in the fall.

The usual start dates for America’s 13,000 public schools are just over a month away and, rather than waning, the outbreak is surging. As the beginning of the school year looms, the question of whether students will return to campus is still undecided in many places, leaving parents and educators in limbo.

President Trump has made reopening schools a priority for his administration and even issued a vague threat to “cut off

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Posted in Finance

McConnell eyes virus aid as evictions, benefits cuts loom

WASHINGTON (AP) — An eviction moratorium is lifting. Extra unemployment benefits are ending. Parents are being called to work, but schools are struggling to reopen for fall as the COVID-19 crisis shows no signs of easing.

With Congress bracing for the next coronavirus aid package, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is outlining Republican priorities as earlier programs designed to ease Americans through the pandemic and economic fallout begin to expire. He is eyeing $1 trillion in new aid.

“This is not over,” McConnell said during a visit to a food pantry Monday in Louisville, Kentucky.

The GOP leader’s next virus aid package is centered on liability protections, a top priority for Republicans seeking to shield doctors, schools, businesses and others from coronavirus-related lawsuits brought by patrons claiming injuries during reopenings.

McConnell is also considering a fresh round of direct payments targeted at those earning $40,000 a year or less. He

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Posted in Insurance

Essential Benefits You Can Receive on Unemployment

The COVID-19 epidemic has taken a booming U.S. economy and ground it to a halt. Within just two weeks, 10 million Americans filed first-time claims for unemployment, dwarfing prior records and pulling the U.S. toward recession. While hopes remain high that the virus can be slowed or stopped and the economy can get back on track, millions of workers need assistance now. If you find yourself in this position, the recent $2 trillion CARES Act may provide some relief. Here’s a list of already-existing benefits that may help you if you find yourself unemployed, in addition to more benefits brought about by the CARES Act.

Last updated: April 12, 2020

1. Unemployment Checks

Unemployment insurance is a joint state-federal program that provides weekly checks to qualifying workers. You’ll be paid a percentage of your weekly income over the prior 52 weeks. Most states limit the duration of unemployment benefits to

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