BOSTON – State Senator Ryan Fattman (R-Sutton) has announced that the Senate enacted – and Governor Baker signed –an unemployment insurance bill. The legislation waives the one-week waiting period claimants must follow when filing for unemployment benefits. This allows people affected by COVID-19 related layoffs to file for unemployment immediately, providing relief for individuals and families surprised by the layoffs. Senator Fattman was one of the Senators present during the session to vote on enacting the bill.
The legislation was filed by the Governor on Monday, March 16th. As of Tuesday, March 17th, bars and restaurants across the Commonwealth were banned from in-house dining. This resulted in the layoff of many restaurant employees across the Commonwealth. Passage of this bill on Wednesday, March 18th allows these employees, and any other COVID-19 related layoffs, to file for their benefits immediately.
“I am proud of the diligent work of my colleagues to make this legislation happen so quickly. In a time where there is an immeasurable amount of uncertainty, it is important to provide immediate safeguards to families shocked by their sudden layoffs,” said Senator Fattman. “We still have a lot of work to accomplish in order to combat the effects of COVID-19, but the passage of this legislation is a step in the right direction.”
If anyone has any concerns regarding COVID-19, they should call Senator Fattman’s office at 617-722-1420.