Congressman Seeks for the Third Time a Legislative Mandate for Businesses to Register Unemployment.

June 5, 2020
Press Release

In this latest correspondence, this time sent directly to Labor Chair Regine Biscoe-Lee, Congressman San Nicolas showcases how as little as 20% of all businesses may have registered unemployment rolls, and further provides samples of direct constituent messages from workers unable to get their employers cooperation to register their unemployment rolls or provide them with unemployment certification.

"The numbers are clear and the ramifications stark, the more difficult it is for affected workers to get unemployment relief the worse their quality of life suffers, and the longer we delay Guam's economic recovery," opened Congressman San Nicolas.

"70% of Guam businesses got PPP SBA loans due to business distress from the pandemic, yet only 20% of all businesses have registered their unemployment rolls; while there may be some variance between the two it should not be as wide, indicating that many workers could be left out of much needed unemployment relief during these times," Congressman San Nicolas continued.

"With one of the only fully federally funded unemployment programs in the country, every dollar we fail to rightfully get to eligible workers is a dollar lost in their recovery and a dollar lost in the islands recovery, and with tourism revenues strained in the foreseeable future our entire community needs us to make the most of all of these opportunities we were able to secure in the Congress," Congressman San Nicolas concludes.


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