Workforce Development Resources for COVID-19

The Pennsylvania Workforce Development Association is your go-to resource for workforce development representing the local workforce development system that connects talent to businesses and helps businesses sustain a competitive skilled workforce. 

All counties are operating in a "green phase", as part of the Governor's reopen and recovery plan. As of July 1st, a statewide mandate on masks went into effect - with more information here.

Green counties have eased restrictions in place including but not limited to: child care may open complying with guidance, telework is strongly encouraged, large gatherings of more than 250 are prohibited, restaurants and bars as well as indoor recreation, health and wellness centers and entertainment are open at 50% occupancy. 

Some local jurisdictions, including mayors in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia have enacted local requirements in addition to the state requirements. 



Demand for Unemployment & Re-employment Services 

Pennsylvania is experiencing record-breaking unemployment applications - receiving over 2.5 million claims and benefit payments totaling more than $14.2 billion since March 15th. PWDA thanks Secretary Oleksiak, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry and the local workforce development system for their rapid response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since March 16th, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry has:
  • CREATED new bases for unemployment eligibility:
    • If your employer temporarily closes or goes out of business because of COVID-19
    • If your employer reduces your hours because of COVID-19
    • If you have been told not to work because your employer feels you might get or spread COVID-19
    • You have been told to quarantine or self-isolate, or live/work in a county under government-recommended mitigation efforts.
  • ACCELERATED access unemployment benefits by waiving the one-week waiting period
  • WAIVED work search and work registration requirements
  • MOVED online all access to Unemployment and Workers Compensation services
  • GRANTED relief from charges for tax increases on employers whose employees seek unemployment compensation because of COVID-19
  • EXPANDED eligibility to unemployment benefits in accordance to federal relief acts. 

Here is a link to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's COVID-19 page: a one-stop resource for various stakeholders. 

Page for Impacted employees
Page for Impacted employers


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