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. 

Check out the PWDA Daily Update - a quick FYI capturing the latest changes on COVID19 responses impacting Pennsylvania businesses and workers! 

As of April 1, 2020 - The Governor has instituted a "Stay at Home Order" - that continues to includes all 67 Pennsylvania counties. The order is effective through April 30, 2020. "Stay at Home" Guidance can be found here.

Pennsylvania is experiencing record-breaking unemployment applications - receiving over 980,000 claims since March15th. 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

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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