Policy paper: COVID-19: Jobs with testing travel exemptions

first_imgEntering the UK Travel corridorsTravel corridors are suspended.Anyone who is not exempt will need to quarantine for 10 days on arrival in the UK.Restrictions in the UK If you have been in a country on the travel ban red list in the 10 days before you arrive, you have to quarantine in a government approved hotel.Travel from EnglandYou are only allowed to travel abroad if you have a legally permitted reason to do so.Anyone travelling abroad from England must complete a form to declare their legally permitted reason for overseas travel.Jobs that qualify for travel exemptionsSome people don’t have to do some of the above things, because of the jobs they do.This guidance lists the jobs that qualify for an exemption and tells people: LegislationThis guidance provides a high level summary of the international travel regulations. On arrival take a coronavirus test complete a passenger locator form what they need to do, or not do any conditions they will need to meet or evidence they will need to show Once in the UK, you must follow any local or national restrictions: To help protect the country from coronavirus (COVID-19), people travelling to the UK must do the following:Before travel to the UK national lockdown in England national restrictions in Northern Ireland local protection levels in Scotland  travel: Coronavirus in Wales quarantine for 10 days take a coronavirus test on day 2 and day 8 of their quarantinelast_img read more

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Sanders calls for extension of unemployment insurance even as Vermont’s rate falls

first_imgEven as the Vermont unemployment rate for September fell to 6.7 percent, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) called today for immediate action by Congress to extend unemployment insurance benefits. Sanders is a cosponsor of legislation that would help the almost 2 million Americans who are in danger of losing their benefits by the year’s end by extending jobless benefits for a minimum of 14 weeks in all states and by 20 weeks in states with unemployment rates of 8.5 percent or higher.An estimated 1,860 Vermonters will use up their unemployment benefits by the end of the year, according to a recent report by the National Employment Law Project.“In the midst of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression and at a time when long-term unemployment is extremely high, we cannot turn our backs on jobless Americans by letting their unemployment insurance expire,” Sanders said. “In my view, Congress should pass a reasonable extension in unemployment benefits so that workers who have lost their jobs during this severe recession get the help they deserve while they try to find new jobs to support their families,” the senator added.The Vermont jobless number for September ticked down from 6.8 percent in August and July, according to the US Department of Labor, but the number was substantially worse than the 4.8 percent jobless rate in Vermont during September, 2008. Nationwide, unemployment for September stood at 9.8 percent.Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has tried to bring up the legislation for a Senate vote, but Republicans have objected. The House last month approved legislation that gives 13 weeks of extended benefits, but only in 27 states that have unemployment rates of at least 8.5 percent.The bill to extend benefits would cost $2.4 billion, an amount covered by also extending the federal unemployment tax through June 30, 2011. According to the Congressional Budget Office, every $1 spent on unemployment benefits has generated $1.61 in economic activity.Vermonters are eligible to receive unemployment insurance benefits for no more than 72 weeks.  The State of Vermont provides 26 weeks of insurance, followed by 33 weeks of federal aid – which was extended as part of the stimulus package –, followed by another 13 weeks of state coverage.  The eligibility length differs between states. Source: Sanders’ office. WASHINGTON, October 21, 2009last_img read more

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