Unemployment Insurance

October 23, 2020

Putting the Trust back in Trust Fund

The unemployment insurance (UI) system has been part of the social contract between companies and their workers since the Great Depression. The federal-state system is designed to provide workers with money to temporarily meet their basic needs after they have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. Read more...

August 21, 2020

Work search requirements are an unnecessary burden for the unemployed

The Louisiana Budget Project, the Power Coalition for Equity and Justice, Step Up Louisiana, and the Workplace Justice Project of the Loyola University Law Clinic sent a letter on Thursday, August 20th, urging Gov. John Bel Edwards to reinstate the suspension of work-search requirements for unemployment benefits that he wisely implemented early in the pandemic.Read more...

July 21, 2020

How Congress can help Louisiana’s recovery

Congress reconvenes this week at a critical moment for our country. Record numbers of Americans are unemployed, and are facing the imminent loss of federal benefits that have helped them make ends meet. State and local governments are facing massive budget shortfalls that threaten their ability to educate children and keep communities safe.Read more...

June 17, 2020

Race, unemployment and COVID-19 in Louisiana

Working people of color have been hit the hardest by the COVID-19 crisis. Black and Hispanic people are more likely to work in front-line industries such as childcare and retail sales where infections are most prevalent. They also are more likely to have been laid off during the current recession. Read more...