New York Uber and Lyft drivers win battle for unemployment insurance benefits

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The ride hailing drivers sued the state in May and a federal judge has now ruled in their favor. Lyft and Uber drivers recently won the right to receive unemployment insurance benefits immediately. The ruling was made by a federal judge who determined that the New York Department of Labor had taken too long to issue payments. The ruling was made by U.S. District Judge LaShann DeArcy Hall in Brooklyn this week. The judge cited a backlog of claims was occurring from ride-hail drivers who sued New York state in…

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22 million unemployment insurance claims were filed in a 4-week span

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As businesses continue to remain closed because of the pandemic, workers are steadily laid off. The steady stream of layoffs resulting from businesses temporarily closing due to the coronavirus pandemic has led to millions of additional unemployment insurance claims. In April’s first full week, an additional 5.2 million workers submitted their first week’s filing for benefits. US Department of Labor data showed that the total number of Americans who have filed their first unemployment insurance claims is 22 million in four weeks following March 14. This represents approximately 13.5 percent…

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Unemployment insurance proposal achieves bipartisan Senate support

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A new deal has been reached in order to lengthen the long term coverage by another five months. A bipartisan senator group has now come to a deal that will allow the federal long term unemployment insurance program to be extended for an additional five months. This agreement has arrived after several months of focused negotiations and will be applied retroactively. The unemployment insurance will be distributed retroactively to those whose benefits expired at the close of last year. The price tag that comes with extending these benefits will be…

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Federal unemployment insurance benefits collapse

Unemployment Insurance

Legislative inaction could leave people without benefits Some 1.3 million people will lose their insurance benefits at the end of the month due to legislative inaction from the U.S. Congress. Federal lawmakers have declined to renew emergency funding that had been implemented for the federal unemployment insurance program. The benefits provided by this program have provided consumers throughout the country with some degree of financial stability as they look for employment. Unemployment insurance was augmented by emergency funds due to ongoing economic issues throughout the U.S. that made it nearly…

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Unemployment insurance program in Texas swamped with problems

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Issues with delayed benefits and overpayments are causing epidemic struggles. The unemployment insurance program in Tennessee is facing tremendous problems as the $1.2 billion system, which is administered by the state’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The program is bleeding money through a high trend of overpayments, errors, and fraud. The unemployment insurance program has made $73 million in overpayments as a result of errors and fraud over a period of six years. Auditors in Tennessee have determined that the department’s program internal controls were either not effective or…

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Unemployment insurance bill in North Carolina faces to Senate

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The overhaul that slashes the system’s benefits moved quickly through the House. A controversial unemployment insurance bill that would entirely overhaul the system in North Carolina has now passed through the House and has moved on to the Senate in order to face their scrutiny and debate. The bill includes a number of widespread changes to the benefits that jobless workers would receive. The changes that it would make the unemployment insurance in the state include considerable slashes to the benefits that the jobless would be receiving in the future.…

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Unemployment insurance rates spike in Alaska, Governor balks at current law

The Alaskan Department of Labor has issued notifications to businesses throughout the state letting them know that they will be paying more for unemployment insurance next year. The new rates have yet to be reviewed by the state’s insurance regulators, but insurance companies claim that higher rates are necessary to ensure that the state’s unemployment trust fund remains solvent and that insurers themselves have to recover from high unemployment rates. Governor Sean Parnell argues that the rates are excessive, as the state’s trust fund holds more than $234 million and…

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