The latest development on some governors of Montana and South Carolina are joined by governors of Arkansas and Mississippi will not participate in the weekly $300 bonus benefit program. of the federal [bonus] provided through the American Rescue Plan. They say the weekly payments are keeping unemployment workers in their states from taking jobs. Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves said in a statement on Monday, “It has become clear to me that we cannot have a full economic recovery until we get the thousands of available jobs in our state filled, he said.
This means that the federal bonus benefits of $300 extending to September 6 will end in June in these states which includes other unemployment money [from the state the worker is receiving. It is reported that individual states can choose not to participate in the weekly $300 federal bonus benefit. Responding to governors’ concerns, President Biden on Monday reaffirmed the federal guidelines for receiving the bonus unemployment money. “We’re going to make it clear that anyone collecting unemployment who is offered a suitable job must take the job or lose their unemployment benefits. That’s the law.”
Biden’s statement in line with the Department of Labor which states if you turn down a suitable job, you can be denied unemployment benefits: “You must be able, ready, and willing to accept a suitable job, according to a department FAQ.
According to the New York Tines on Monday, the Biden administration requested the Labor Department to work with states to make sure unemployed workers can’t continue to draw benefits if they turn down a suitable job offer.