Trouble Reopening Restaurants

Larry Kudlow, the director of the National Economic Council, said on Fox News Tuesday (May 26th) that the Trump administration may support the idea of including back-to-work bonuses for workers in the next coronavirus aid package. Several Republican senators support the idea, including Senator Rob Portman, whose proposal would give unemployed workers a $450 weekly bonuses for a limited time, in addition to wages, if they go back to work. There has been some opposition among Republicans to the $600-a-week unemployment payments that are being giving in addition to state unemployment benefits because of the pandemic, and which Democrats want to continue. Some conservatives believe the $600 is so high it might be keeping people from returning to work, particularly as they might be getting more money now because of it than they did while working. Rhode Island’s restaurants enter phase 2 of the state’s re-opening with indoor dining being added at 50% capacity. Some restaurant owners are having a hard time getting employees to come back to work. That’s because many servers, bartenders and even managers are making a considerable more money than they would if they were working. Fear is NOT considered a “good reason” under the state’s Department of Labor and training requirements for collecting unemployment if your employer has done everything they’re supposed to do with social distancing

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