MEUSER ASKS GOVERNOR WOLF FOR CLARIFICATION ON RECENT COMMENTS REGARDING ENFORCEMENT OF UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE (UI)-RELATED PROVISIONS IN THE CARES ACT

April 24, 2020
Press Release

POTTSVILLE, Pa. – Today, Congressman Dan Meuser (PA-09) sent a letter to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, asking for clarification on the Governor’s recent comments regarding enforcement of Unemployment Insurance (UI)-related provisions in the CARES Act:

“In order to create a disincentive for unemployment and to encourage businesses to utilize the PPP, the DOL issued regulations on the guidance on the Unemployment Insurance (UI)-related provisions that explicitly stated that the additional $600 payment is only meant for individuals who have been laid off through no fault of their own. The guidance clarified that ‘quitting work without good cause to obtain UI benefits is fraud under PUA’ – if an employee walks off the job or refuses an employer’s offer to return to work, they are ineligible for the augmented UI. The guidance also notes that ‘states are expected to enforce this provision.’ Earlier this week, you were asked if there was any way of revoking the augmented unemployment benefits for an employee who refused to return to work. Your answer, ‘No,’ is in direct contradiction with the law established by the CARES Act. This has created confusion for business owners and I respectfully ask that you update your answer in a way that is accurately reflective of the CARES Act. The law was deliberately written to maintain the balance between providing emergency UI compensation for those who cannot work and encouraging the rehiring of those employees who can.”

 

You can read the full letter HERE

 

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