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Preventing Layoffs During a Public Health Emergency Act of 2020

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A bill to provide for Federal financing of short-time compensation programs during public health emergencies.


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03/12/2020Introduced in Senate

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03/12/2020Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance. (Sponsor introductory remarks on measure: CR S1743-1744)
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Sen. Whitehouse, Sheldon [D-RI]* 03/12/2020
Sen. Sanders, Bernard [I-VT]* 03/12/2020

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Senate Finance03/12/2020 Referred to

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Introduced in Senate (03/12/2020)

Preventing Layoffs During a Public Health Emergency Act of 2020

This bill provides 100% of temporary federal financing of limited short-time compensation (STC) payments in certain states where a public health emergency has been declared. (STC, also known as work sharing, is a program within the federal-state unemployment system that provides pro-rated unemployment compensation to workers whose hours have been reduced in lieu of a layoff.)

The term public health emergency means a public health emergency declared for an area by (1) the Secretary of Health and Human Services, or (2) a state public health official with the authority to declare such an emergency for the area.

Certain states without a STC program may enter into an agreement with the Department of Labor under which Labor will temporarily finance 50% of the state's STC payments.

If such a state subsequently enacts a state law implementing a STC program that meets federal requirements it shall be ineligible for such 50% financing; however, it shall be eligible for the 100% financing.

Labor must

  • develop and provide model legislative language for states to develop and enact STC programs, including periodically reviewing and revising such language;
  • provide technical assistance and guidance in developing, enacting, and implementing STC programs; and
  • establish certain STC reporting requirements.