Since everything is a lockdown in the USA due to the COVID-19 pandemic, around 18% of workers lost their jobs. Here comes another bad news for some American workers as companies carry on to lay off employees to manage with the economic damage of the coronavirus outbreak.
Well, the news comes to the highlight when Macy’s made the biggest headlines with the news that it will be furloughing the majority of its 130,000 employees. Since the Bloomingdale’s and Bluemercury “lost the majority of our sales” since closing all of its stores on March 18 in spite of selling items online.
So yesterday, Macy’s and Gap Inc. announced on the press conference that it would be furloughing most of its retail workers in the U.S. and Canada on Monday —“pausing pay but continuing to offer applicable benefits until stores are able to reopen,”
Furlough vs Laid off
If you are not familiar with furlough, then let me tell you that furlough is an unpaid leave of absence. In simple, furlough means that they cease working for their employers and do not earn a salary while the furloughed employees still are called to retain their jobs.
So it is one type of provisional arrangement. If we talk about laid off, it one of type of permanent termination of one’s employment, which includes salary and benefits. It’s quite the opposite of furlough. So when it’s furloughed, there are the chances of return, but when in laid off, the chances of return are very rare.
If you are under the furloughed, you won’t get paid. But you will get every benefit like health and retirement benefits as per the terms during this COVID-19 pandemic. So there no specific time period of furlough employees, it depends on the company for how long they want to furlough employees. Mostly, furloughs are probably for a limited time and short time of period, but not sure this time as Coronavirus outbreak is not stopping.
Sometimes these companies have to furlough employees because of temporary economic pressure, and the companies have to minimise payroll to the better future. Furloughed employees can still do some freelance work or any kind of part-time work.
Well, Congress is extending 600 weekly checks to all individuals eligible for unemployment insurance and this time due to Coronavirus pandemic, the $600 weekly payout lasts through July 31.