Delivering immediate relief to American workers

The COVID-19 pandemic and the corresponding economic crisis have undermined the health and economic wellbeing of American workers. Millions of Americans, many of whom are people of color, immigrants, and low-wage workers, continue to put their lives on the line every day to keep the country functioning through the pandemic. And more than 9.5 million workers have lost their jobs in the wake of COVID-19, with 4 million out of work for half a year or longer. The American Rescue Plan supports workers by:

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Extending unemployment benefits

Extends Pandemic Unemployment Assistance from 50 weeks to up to 73 weeks through September 6 and extends Emergency Unemployment Compensation from 24 to 53 weeks. 

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Supplementing weekly benefits

Continues to support workers by providing an additional $300 in weekly benefits through September 6. 

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Improving the unemployment insurance system

Helps shore up and modernize the unemployment insurance system to help workers get the benefits they deserve when they need them. 

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Keeping workers safe

Provides additional funding for OSHA to help keep vulnerable workers healthy and safe from COVID-19 

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Assisting with health insurance premiums

Helps workers who lost their jobs or had their hours reduced during the pandemic pay for health insurance by fully subsidizing COBRA premiums for eligible individuals from April 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021.

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Lost your job? Had your hours reduced? You may qualify for 100 percent coverage of COBRA premiums

Guidance on worker protections regarding wages and hours worked and job-protected leave

New guidance from the Wage and Hour Division on critical worker protections regarding wages and hours worked and job-protected leave during the pandemic.

 

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Lost your job? Had your hours reduced? You may qualify for 100 percent coverage of COBRA premiums

3 ways the American Rescue Plan helps people who lost jobs afford health coverage

Ali Khawar, Acting Assistant Secretary of the department’s Employee Benefits Security Administration explains how the American Rescue Plan is helping workers and their families maintain critical health coverage.

 

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Guidance on implementing COBRA premium assistance provisions

New guidance from the Employee Benefits Security Administration includes documents to help implement the American Rescue Plan’s COBRA provisions, including frequently asked questions, model notices and a Federal Register Notice.

 

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Guidance to states on implementing the American Rescue Plan’s unemployment insurance provisions

New guidance from the Employment and Training Administration will help state workforce agencies implement extended unemployment benefits.

 

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The White House guide to the American Rescue Plan

Explore how the American Rescue Plan will provide direct relief to working Americans, rescue the economy, and help beat the virus.

 

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How the American Rescue Plan will improve unemployment benefit programs

Suzi LeVine, principal deputy assistant secretary of labor for employment and training, explains how the plan will help create a more equitable, secure and accessible safety net for America’s workers.

 

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