Resources to Support Workers During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Worker Health Is Central to Public Health

As the U.S. faces the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the health and safety and economic security of working people and our communities is threatened to perhaps an unprecedented degree. But at the same time, workers, community members, and coalitions are coming together to support and protect each other in ways that are also new, rapidly evolving, and often stunning.

In this moment and always, NELP will fight for solutions that meet the needs of people in the greatest danger, including, among others, Black and Indigenous people and people of color; immigrants in tenuous job situations; “gig” and temp workers; workers in low-wage jobs; service, airport, grocery, maintenance, healthcare, and homecare workers; people who are immunocompromised; and elderly people. Our goals include securing and strengthening the unemployment insurance, paid sick days, and paid leave that workers need during this crisis and beyond, protecting workers’ health and safety, and fighting the deep structural inequities in our system in the short and long term.

Through our website, Facebook page, and Twitter (@NELPnews), we will share resources and information on mobilization for call-in days; updates on legislation; and our take on policies.

Thank you for your support during this challenging time.

In Solidarity,




Rebecca Dixon,
NELP Executive Director

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Worker Safety & Health During COVID-19 Pandemic: Rights & Resources


Immigrant Workers’ Eligibility for Unemployment Insurance

Spanish: Elegibilidad de Trabajadores Inmigrantes Para Seguro de Desempleo 

Unemployment Insurance Provisions in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Understanding the Unemployment Provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act


Independent Contractors and COVID-19: Working Without Protections 


Independent Contractors and COVID-19: Working Without Protections

Unemployment Insurance Protections in Response to COVID-19: State Developments

Enact Policies to Protect Workers as U.S. Faces Coronavirus

Unemployment Insurance and Coronavirus – Options for Policymakers to Mitigate Job Loss

Rebooting Disaster Unemployment Assistance – Steps for State and Federal Policymakers


We Need a Czar to Protect Health Care Workers

Unemployment Insurance Was Crucial to Workers and the Economy in the Last Recession

Precarious at Work, Precarious in Health


COVID-19 and Unemployment Insurance

Supporting the COVID-19 Health Care Worker Protection Act of 2020


Worker health is central to public health

“The coronavirus has shined a light on the fragility and inadequacy of our worker health policies. We have an opportunity to come together and ensure that all people have the health care, paid sick leave, and economic security to guarantee their health and safety. Worker health is public health.”- Rebecca Dixon, NELP Executive Director

The Hill, Op-Ed

As layoffs skyrocket, the holes in America’s safety net are becoming apparent

“I’m terrified that states aren’t recession-ready anymore. States have reduced the amount of benefits and access to benefits in a way that means that very few people can apply for unemployment insurance and receive it.” -Michele Evermore, NELP Senior Policy Analyst

Washington Post

If you lose your job due to the coronavirus pandemic, here’s how to navigate filing for unemployment  

“In this emergency, I would not discourage anyone from trying to apply for benefits, even if they wouldn’t have applied before,” Michele Evermore, senior policy analyst for the National Employment Law Project, tells CNBC Make It.


Fragile safety net leaves U.S. economy vulnerable to coronavirus hit

“Ten U.S. states have reduced the maximum length of time that job seekers can collect unemployment benefits, from the typical length of 26 weeks to between 12 and 21 weeks. Most states require consumers to wait at least a week before they can receive unemployment benefits,” said Michele Evermore, a senior policy analyst at the National Employment Law Project’s office in Washington.


Why calling out sick won’t be easy for minimum wage workers amid coronavirus outbreak

Judy Conti, government affairs director at the National Employment Law Project, said fast food workers are in the same boat as other low-wage and hourly employees, including some who deal with at-risk populations like elder care workers.

ABC News


News Releases

Workers Call on Congress to Meet Urgent Needs; Families First Coronavirus Response Act a First Step

There are significant flaws in this legislation that must be corrected by Congress immediately.

Posted Mar 18, 2020 Read More

Tell your Rep/Sens. to call on Labor Secretary Scalia to issue an OSHA emergency temporary standard:


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