The Insulators applaud the passing of a Coronavirus relief package

Posted by on Thu, Mar 19, 2020 @ 14:03 PM

President Trump signed into law a Coronavirus aid, which was overwhelmingly approved by Congress.

The bill, which had the support of 90 Senators, provides provisions for free Coronavirus testing and paid emergency leave.

For many workers, including those who work in bars, restaurants, casinos and hotels, on cruise ships or in the airline industry, the COVID-19 pandemic is leaving them in a position where they may struggle to make ends meet.

ABC News reported the legislation includes paid sick days for some employees, as well as three months of paid emergency leave throughout the course of the coronavirus crisis. To help offset the costs for employers, businesses would be reimbursed for some of these costs through tax credits.

According to CNN, payments will be capped at $511 a day, which is roughly what someone who makes $133,000 annually earns. Workers with family members affected by coronavirus and those whose children's schools have closed will receive up to two-thirds of their pay, capped at $200 a day.

Despite the coronavirus affecting many industries in the U.S. and throughout the world, the construction industry has remained relatively unaffected by the virus, keeping the HFIAW members on the job and earning a paycheck for their families. 

However, if the situation changes and construction sites are shut down, there is some comfort in knowing the government has taken action to help American workers. 

Topics: Government Affairs, Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers, Health and Welfare, Insulators Union, COVID-19

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