While the economic downturn has led to widespread layoffs, some employers are opting to furlough their staff instead. Labor attorney Barney Holtzman discussed the benefits available to furloughed workers.
“The governor’s executive order says that you have lost your employment permanently or temporarily, if it’s the result of COVID-19, then you are entitled to unemployment insurance benefits. And he also modified the eligibility requirements going forward,” Holtzman said.
He added that furloughed workers may also be entitled to their health insurance benefits depending on their employer’s policy.