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Gov's: People won't get unemployment money if they refuse to work

Posted at 3:29 PM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 20:15:31-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) -- — People who don’t have a job are receiving their unemployment compensation from the CARES Act across the country and in Nebraska and Iowa.

Restaurants and other businesses have been closed for weeks, some having to lay off employees.

Tens of thousands of people have filed for unemployment in Nebraska since early March. Now they’re receiving $600 a week on top of their normal unemployment benefits because of the CARES Act.

Some U.S. Senators like Sen. Ben Sasse argued before the bill was passed that people wouldn’t go back to work because they’d be getting paid more to stay at home.

The Nebraska and Iowa’s Governors say they have things in place to make sure that doesn’t happen.

“I’d just encourage everybody if you are thinking, ‘Oh gee I’m just going to stay home and collect unemployment benefits because it’s paying me more than my job was.’ If your employer calls you back take that job, because if you don’t you will lose your benefits. That’s how it works here in Nebraska,” Gov. Pete Ricketts explained.

On Iowa’s website there’s even a section where employers can fill out if a person has refused a legitimate job offer. For more information visit Iowa Workforce Development Website

For information on Nebraska's benefits visit the Nebraska Unemployment Insurance Website