Bill Would Extend Unemployment Insurance for Alaskans
The Labor and Commerce Committee introduced legislation that would offer relief to Alaskans who have had their hours reduced in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to lawmakers, 8% of Alaskan workers have been laid off since the COVID-19 pandemic took off. They say they are moving this legislation along will make sure that Alaskan families can continue to pay the bills.
HB 308 directs the Department of Labor and Workforce Development to provide impacted workers with unemployment insurance for lost hours from either self-quarantine or other impacts having to do with COVID-19. Alaska’s fishing and tourism industries are the hardest hit right now.
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