|Posted:||March 16, 2021 11:10 AM|
|From:||Representative Danielle Friel Otten|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Unemployment Compensation (UC) Protection for Transition from Pandemic|
Even as Pennsylvania moves toward recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the millions of Pennsylvanians who filed for unemployment as a result of the pandemic are faced with excruciating decisions. They may have young children at home whose schools and child care centers are still closed or unable to provide safe environments. They may have underlying conditions that make them more vulnerable to severe cases of COVID-19, or they may care for young or elderly family members in vulnerable populations. They may work in service-industry jobs, dependent on tips, where slow business will not provide sufficient income to cover the cost of childcare, rent, or other necessities. For these workers and families, a decision not to return to work may be the only safe decision, but without protections, they stand to lose the income support provided through state and federal unemployment compensation, putting them at serious risk of financial hardship and destitution.
For this reason, I am re-introducing legislation (former HB 2729) that will maintain a claimant’s unemployment compensation under certain COVID-19 related circumstances affecting their health and safety. Please join me in taking steps to protect Pennsylvania’s workforce and our public health as we work together to recover from this pandemic. Your support and consideration are greatly appreciated.
Previous co-sponsors: HOHENSTEIN, DALEY, GALLOWAY, KINSEY, DRISCOLL, STEPHENS, CIRESI, SCHWEYER, HILL-EVANS, DeLUCA, ROZZI, SANCHEZ, KENYATTA