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The next Federal stimulus package is now being negotiated in Washington. The Republican proposal would provide a $200 per week unemployment bonus for two months, down from the $600 bonus that ended at the end of July. After the two months, the benefit would cover 70% of the individual’s previous income through the end of the year. House Democrats are calling for the $600 benefit to extended until January.
As businesses resumed operations under yellow and green phases, The Chamber heard from a number of employers about pushback from employees being called back to work who were earning more on unemployment with the bonus. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is requesting that employers submit these stories to be shared in the negotiations. Any employer that is willing to share their information, which can be submitted anonymously, should contact Fred Gaffney at the Chamber.