Thursday, June 25, 2020

Extra $600 in Unemployment Benefits May End Earlier; (FDA) These Hand Sanitizers May Be Fatal, and Other C-Virus Updates

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Many out of work Americans counting on receiving an extra $600 a week through the end of July may be surprised to discover that benefit will disappear nearly a week earlier than they expected.
The additional $600 in weekly jobless benefits provided by the federal government is officially set to end July 31. But states will pay it only through the week ending July 25 or July 26, a significant blow to unemployed workers counting on those funds to bolster state benefits that average just $370 a week.
"The (Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation) $600 can be paid for weeks ending no later than the week ending prior to Friday, July 31, 2020,'' the U.S. Department of Labor said in a statement. "For all states except (New York), that is Saturday July 25th. New York’s end date is Sunday, July 26th."
The confusion lies in the fine print. Unemployment benefits are paid by states on a weekly basis with a defined end date on Saturday or Sunday. But the federal legislation known as the CARES Act, which authorized the additional compensation, says the benefit will end “on or before July 31” — a Friday.
That means, given the payment schedules of most states, the last week of the extra $600 payments will end the prior Saturday or Sunday. A Trump administration official said the CARES Act legislation is inaccurate as written. Efforts to reach lawmakers who participated in drafting the legislation were unsuccessful.
The technicality apparently led to confusion, with some states mistakenly listing July 31 as the end date, including New York.
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