Bloomberg Law
July 23, 2020, 5:11 PMUpdated: July 23, 2020, 9:25 PM

DOL Surveys States on ‘Heavy Lifts’ of Jobless Aid Redesigns (2)

Ben Penn
Ben Penn

The Labor Department has been pumping states for feedback about rebooting their unemployment processing systems on the fly, including asking for an assessment of the feasibility of a varying benefits total based on an individual’s prior income.

The department sent state workforce agencies a short survey July 13 in which it acknowledged states face “heavy lifts” in updating unemployment insurance software if Congress enacts a new formula for expanded benefits. The $600 weekly supplement lawmakers added to all unemployment insurance checks in March expires this weekend and is one of the main points of divergence between Republicans and Democrats in ...

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