Federal Spotlight: Those Who Reject Offer to Return to Work Ineligible for Federal Unemployment Benefits Per Mnuchin

May 21, 2020

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Tuesday stated employees who reject an offer to return to work after being furloughed or laid off due to COVID-19 will no longer be eligible for federal unemployment benefits. Mnuchin said companies that are enrolled in the Paycheck Protection Program and giving their employees offers to return to work should notify their state unemployment offices. Under the CARES Act, those who are laid off due to the coronavirus are eligible to receive $600/week in federal unemployment benefits through July 31. Some individuals are earning more on unemployment than they would be working due to these benefits being added on top of regular state unemployment benefits. Some policymakers are concerned this will deter people from returning to work. You can read more from Fox News.