Before I do a recap, I want to share a hopeful tidbit. My friend Tim plays the bagpipes. For the last few years, St. Patrick’s Day (and the weekend) is his favorite time because his band rents a bus and tours pubs across Connecticut.
Suffice to say, there was no pub crawl yesterday.
But after the workday, we got a text. Come to the street at 5:30 p.m. Stay in your car.
And at 5:30 p.m., out waltzed Tim in his full garb playing the bagpipes — at a safe social distancing distance — for neighbors and a few friends.
Really, you couldn’t ask for much more after another tough day for employers and employees.
Late on Tuesday, Connecticut announced that 30,000 unemployment claims had been filed since Friday.
To give some perspective: In January 2020, Connecticut reported nonfarm employment at 1.696M. Extrapolating the numbers a bit, suppose the 30,000 job loss takes us down to 1.666M.
The last time Connecticut had that number was in July of 2014. Meaning five years of job gains have disappeared in five days.
And we’re not even done with the week.
In case you’re wondering, once we hit 100,000 job losses, that will take us back to the low point of January 2010.
I’m anticipating those numbers to go far higher.
What else should employers in Connecticut be aware of from Tuesday?
- The CT Mirror did a report on the job losses were I’m quoted. You can find the article here.
- Small businesses may now qualify for SBA disaster loan assistance. Connecticut is one of the first states to be approved. Do so today.
- Tuesday led to another Executive Order that may impact schools and some license or permit renewals. Full details here.
- I did a separate post for my firm on the requirements of WARN when dealing with Mass Layoffs and Plant Closings. Take a look here.
- The Senate is still debating a bill that would provide some COVID-19 related leave. The House made more than “technical changes” as my friend, Jon Hyman, explained in a post earlier today.
- As a reminder for employers in Connecticut, my firm is posting continual updates for employers here.
- In my post yesterday, I talked about whether or not you can take an employee’s temperature. Normally, no. Pandemic? Yes. The EEOC just confirmed that in a press release as well.
- Finally, you should know that the Connecticut Bar Association today launched its COVID-19 task force and I’m proud to be a founding member of it. We’ve got a lot of work ahead for clients, members and the public but it brings together stakeholders from all over the legal community. Watch for more information at the CBA website.
Another long day. Though my friend called it a great day. Why?
It’s probably the best day in the next month. Stay safe.