Finance Minister Grant Robertson with his 2021 Budget, which signalled an unemployment insurance scheme was coming.
With little public consultation and serious questions about how it might work, the proposed scheme is a policy gamble of unknown proportions.
A record number of Americans are telling their managers, ‘I quit.’
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A record number of Americans are quitting their jobs. But before you opt to join them, you should consider the risks and costs.
About 1 in 9 Americans live below the poverty level.
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The latest figures offer new evidence that a K-shaped recovery is following the coronavirus recession – which hit the lowest-paid workers the hardest.
The door to unemployment benefits is closing for million of Americans.
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Three pandemic-related unemployment benefit programs expire on Labor Day, putting millions of mostly low-income families in financial jeopardy.
Biden has made fixing the economy one of his top priorities.
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Biden proposed $1.9 trillion in new coronavirus relief spending to help with the economic fallout of COVID-19. Four economists have a few ideas for him.
A women receives bread at the ‘Hunger Has No Religion’ feeding scheme run by Muslims in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Despite the success of relief efforts by the government and civil society, it’s clear that hunger and food insecurity remain at disturbingly high levels in households.
Americans without bank accounts may have delays in financial aid.
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A loose patchwork of measures and systems has left millions at risk of slipping through the cracks as the pandemic’s economic downturn hits.
The crisis has forced many businesses to close, prompting a spike in unemployment claims.
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With so many people in need of financial support due to the coronavirus crisis, is it right to draw on unemployment when you have savings?
Economic crisis is beginning to bite.
One of the key economic mitigating measures put in place after the country’s COVID-19 lockdown has had very little uptake by employers and will leave miillions of workers without any cover.
Uber drivers have fewer labor rights than most full-time employees.
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A scholar of the American safety net explains how, through her own brother, she’s getting a personal window into what it means to face COVID-19 as a worker in the gig economy.
Wearing a mask may not be enough.
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Unemployment insurance could soften the blow if the COVID-19 outbreak takes hold in the US. But the system currently isn’t designed to help workers in a pandemic.
Automated algorithms – not humans – are increasingly making decisions about who’s eligible for welfare benefits.
States are increasingly turning to machine learning and algorithms to detect fraud in food stamps, Medicaid and other welfare programs – despite little evidence of actual fraud.
A proposed new law is set to allow surrogate parents in South Africa to also take leave to care for their babies.
South African law requires surrogate mothers to hand infants to their legal parents without undue delay. But it doesn’t provide leave for these parents to care for their infants. That is set to change.