CARES Act Boosts Unemployment Benefits for Laid-off, Furloughed Workers

With the sudden eruption of economic calamity, and more than 247 million Americans under stay-at-home orders, some 3.1 million individuals filed for unemployment in the last week of March. To counter the blow to their income, Congress passed and President Trump signed the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which in part allocates around $250 billion in unemployment benefits for the workers who have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic. The CARES Act extends unemployment insurance benefits to workers who are not eligible for additional benefits at the state level, as long as they…

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