Pennsylvania Begins Implementing New Federal Unemployment Benefits, Eligible Claimants Get Extra $600 Starting Next Week

first_img April 10, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf announced today the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) is implementing new federal unemployment compensation benefits provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The COVID-19 relief package temporarily provides an additional $600 per week, makes self-employed, independent contractors and gig workers eligible for benefits and extends unemployment compensation (UC) benefits for an additional 13 weeks.The federal benefits are in addition to Pennsylvania’s regular unemployment benefit, which is about half of a person’s full-time weekly income up to $572 per week for 26 weeks.Additional $600 Per WeekAs part of the CARES Act, unemployment benefits are being expanded to provide an additional $600 per week beginning the week ending April 4, 2020, through the week ending July 25, 2020. This temporary emergency increase in benefits is referred to as the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program.Today, L&I issued the first $600 payments. All eligible claimants that filed biweekly claims for the week ending April 4 and who received their regular UC payment should expect to see the additional money either Tuesday or Wednesday of next week. For other eligible claimants who have not yet received a regular UC payment, they will receive the extra $600 the week after receiving their first UC payment.It is very important to note that anyone who currently has federal withholding tax taken out of their benefits will see the same 10% reduction in the FPUC payment, resulting in a $540 payment. For information about changing your withholding election, visit L&I’s Taxes on Benefits page.The $600 is paid separately from the biweekly UC benefit, and residents do not need to apply.Visit the department’s FPUC frequently asked questions for more information.Self-employed, Contractors or Gig Economy WorkersThe CARES Act also temporarily makes unemployment compensation available to self-employed, independent contractors, gig economy workers, and others not normally eligible for the benefit. The program is referred to as Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). These workers cannot apply through the department’s UC online system at this time. The U.S. Department of Labor requires that PUA be tracked separately from regular UC. For this reason, Pennsylvania must build a new online platform to process PUA benefits.Eligible individuals should be able to start applying for PUA benefits within the next two weeks. Eligible claimants will receive backdated payments to January 27, 2020, or the first week they were unable to work due to COVID-19, whichever of the two dates is later. The PUA benefit will end December 31, 2020. The department will announce when the PUA benefit application is available.Visit L&I’s PUA frequently asked questions for more information.13-Week Benefit ExtensionThe CARES Act provides an additional 13 weeks of unemployment compensation, including for workers who exhaust their regular unemployment benefits. Claimants will be eligible for Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) from the week beginning March 29, 2020, through the end of the year. The department is awaiting additional federal guidance about the program and will provide an update when information is available.Additional Information for workers impacted by COVID-19:Employment benefits webpageEmployment benefits guideFrequently asked questionsTips for filing an initial UC claimStart a new claim videoOn March 27, Governor Tom Wolf signed a law that makes applying for unemployment compensation easier to access by waiving the one-week waiting period to file, as well as the job search and work registration requirements, among other changes.Visit the commonwealth’s Responding to COVID-19 guide for the latest guidance and resources for Pennsylvanians or the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s dedicated coronavirus webpage for the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19.View this information in Spanish.center_img Pennsylvania Begins Implementing New Federal Unemployment Benefits, Eligible Claimants Get Extra $600 Starting Next Weeklast_img read more

Suspended from job for not serving alcohol —against her Muslim beliefs.

first_imgMuslim Civil Liberties Group Claims Airline Violated Flight Attendant’s Constitutional RightsCBS Detroit 1 September 2015A Muslim flight attendant has filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEO) claiming she was suspended from her job for not serving alcohol — which is against her religious beliefs.Lena Masri, an attorney for the Council of American Islamic Relations Michigan (CAIR), says Charee Stanley followed management’s directions, working out an arrangement with her coworkers to accommodate passenger requests for alcohol.However, Masri said, ExpressJet Airlines put Stanley on administrative leave after another attendant filed “an Islamophobic complaint” that referenced Stanley’s head scarf.“We notified ExpressJet Airlines of its obligation under the law to reasonably accommodate Ms. Stanley’s religious beliefs,” Masri said at a news conference in Farmington Hills on Tuesday.  “Instead, ExpressJet close to violate Ms. Stanely’s constitutional rights, placed her on administrative leave for 12 months after which her employment may be administratively terminated.”Masri said the arrangement Stanley had with other attendants to serve the alcohol for her had been working out just fine since Stanley converted to Islam about a month after becoming a flight attendant for ExpressJet. read more

Women’s Basketball Announces 2018-19 Non-Conference Schedule

first_imgA pair of home exhibitions against Dubuque (Oct. 28) and Pittsburg State (Nov. 3)will prepare Drake for the season. The MVC portion of the Bulldogs’ schedule will be announced at a later date. Drake opens the season on Nov. 7 at Nebraska. The Bulldogs and the Huskers played a double-overtime thriller last season at the Knapp Center. Following its trip to Lincoln, Neb., Drake travels to Western Illinois on Nov. 10. The Leathernecks earned a berth to the 2018 WNIT. Ticket Information Story Links Following the two-game homestand, Drake heads to Vancouver, B.C. for the eight-team, Vancouver Showcase. The Bulldogs start the rigorous tournament against Rutgers on Nov. 22. and will then play either Gonzaga or Notre Dame on Nov. 23. Drake’s final contest of the tournament will be on Nov. 24 and be against either East Tennessee State, Oregon State, South Carolina or Western Kentucky. The program’s annual “Kids Game” is set for Dec. 4 against Clarke University. Drake then has road games at South Dakota State on Dec. 8 and at Iowa State on Dec. 16. The Bulldogs’ final non-conference game is versus Iowa on Dec. 21 at the Knapp Center. The Hawkeyes and Jackrabbits made the 2018 NCAA Tournament. 2018-19 Non-Conference Schedule Drake’s home opener is set for Nov. 15 when South Dakota visits the Knapp Center. The Coyotes also qualified for the 2018 WNIT. The Bulldogs then welcome Cal State Northridge on Nov. 18. After its trip to Vancouver, Drake plays at Creighton on Nov. 28. The Bulldogs and Bluejays played a four-overtime classic at the Knapp Center last season. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake women’s basketball team, the two-time defending Missouri Valley Conference regular season and tournament champions, announced its 2018-19 non-conference schedule on Friday, Aug. 31. The challenging 12-game non-conference schedule features games against five opponents that made the 2018 NCAA Tournament and a trip to Canada for the inaugural Vancouver Showcase, Nov. 22-24. The eight-team tournament features a loaded field, including the defending national champions, Notre Dame in addition to East Tennessee State, Gonzaga, Oregon State, South Carolina and Western Kentucky. For ticket information visit and to buy season tickets call 515-271-DOGS (3647). Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Combustion Safety and the Worst-Case Depressurization Test

first_imgGas Boiler14 – 20– 5 Pa– 6 Pa Combustion ApplianceChimney or Flue Height (ft)Unlined Chimneys on Exterior WallsMetal Lined, Insulated or Interior Chimneys Oil Boiler14 – 20– 4 Pa– 5 Pa The problemVented combustion appliances—gas and fuel oil water heaters, furnaces, boilers, even fireplaces—need to exhaust all of their combustion by-products, all the time, outside the home. An especially dangerous combustion exhaust component is carbon monoxide because it is odorless, colorless, tasteless and quite toxic. If you have no combustion appliances or they are sealed-combustion, no worries. But if any of these appliances is atmospherically-vented or has induced draft or even if they are power-vented, we need to test to see if conditions in the home can create backdrafting (backdrafting is combustion exhaust rolling out of the intended exhaust pathway and into the home).The testThere is actually a series of combustion safety tests but we are going to focus on the simplest and most often the first test, the Worst Case Depressurization Test, also known as the worst-case CAZ—combustion appliance zone—test. So what is the worst case? Essentially, you turn on every device in the home that can create negative pressure in the room or space in which the combustion appliance is located and compare that pressure to the outside. Here is a list of these devices:• Bath exhaust fans – typically pull somewhere between 25 and 100 cubic feet per minute (cfm) out of the house)• Kitchen hood (if it really vents to the outside) – usually around 100 – 150 cfm but downdrafting or commercial types can exhaust more than 1500 cfm!• Clothes dryer – usually around 150 cfm• Laundry room exhaust fan – about the same as a bath fan• Attic exhaust fan – see below• HVAC air handler – see belowThere are three things to note about this list:1. Attic exhaust fans: Aren’t these just to cool off the attic and the attic is outside of the conditioned space? They are, but if the ceiling plane of the top floor is not airtight, attic exhaust fans can end up depressurizing a home’s interior.2. Air handlers: They just move air around the INSIDE of the home, right? Well, that is what they are SUPPOSED to do, but if there are ducts that run through unconditioned space that leak—or if there is unbalanced delivery/leakage between the supply and return side of the system that expresses itself in the space with a combustion appliance—the air handler can de-pressurize the CAZ. So, we need to test worst case with and without the air handler on, if the home has a forced-air HVAC system.3. Whole-house attic ventilation fans: These are mighty large exhaust fans; shouldn’t they be on the list? While these fans can certainly depressurize a home big time, they are not included in the CAZ test. It is assumed that since these fans are for cooling by air movement, enough windows are open during operation of the fan that depressurization and subsequent backdrafting are not an issue.The equipmentThe test requires just two pieces of equipment—a manometer (pressure gauge, pictured above) and a smoke source (several different types, but the “toy” smoke generator pictured is the most fun).The procedureAfter surveying the home for combustion appliances and exhaust fans, the procedure goes like this:1. Seal the house: close all exterior windows and doors.2. Turn off all combustion appliances.3. Close all interior doors.4. Measure the baseline pressure. This is the the pressure relationship between the combustion space and the outside with no exhaust fans on and should be no more than a pascal or two. NOTE: Wind can really make it difficult to get good readings. Sometimes turning fans off and on is necessary to get decent readings.5. Turn on all the fans and measure the worst-case depressurization.The resultsHere is a representative chart (from the CMHC Chimney Safety User’s Manual Reference #4) for safe limits for the CAZ test. Gas Furnace13 or less– 5 Pa– 5 Pa Induced Draft ApplianceN/A-15 Pa-15 Pa If you get test results that exceed these limits, there are only really four options:1. Replace the appliance with a power-vented or sealed combustion unit.2. Switch out to a non-combustion appliance.3. Isolate the combustion space (build a room with dedicated outside air to the room with the combustion appliance)4. Ensure operation of exhaust fans that avoids worst-case depressurization, backed up by a CO monitor in the combustion zone.In the first picture above, the manometer is reading -6.1 Pa during the worst-case depressurization test on my own home. This is with the clothes dryer, two bath exhaust, and a kitchen exhaust hood running and an average base line pressure reading of – 2.9 Pa (bit of a windy day but not gusting too badly). That’s a CAZ test of -3.2 Pa, well within the safety limits for a natural draft oil boiler with a center chimney more than 20 feet tall. We do keep a CO monitor in the oil boiler combustion zone as a bit of a belt-and-suspenders approach.For more information on all of the combustion safety tests, visit the Building Performance Institute website.center_img FireplaceN/A– 3 Pa– 4 Pa Wood StoveN/A-10 Pa-10 Pa Gas Water HeaterMore than 20– 5 Pa– 7 Pa Oil Furnace13 or less– 4 Pa– 4 Pa Oil Water HeaterMore than 20– 4 Pa– 6 Palast_img read more

Little-known PUP graduate tries luck in PBA Draft

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s overwhelming and I really felt the nerves,” he admitted in Filipino. “But all I’m thinking about is I need to do this because it’s always been my dream to play in the PBA.”The 29-year-old knows his chances of getting drafted are slim, but there’s no harm in trying as he left his job as a sales agent in a car company a year ago to prepare for this draft.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“My coach in PUP told me that I’m already 29 so I should try getting drafted. I really had doubts, but I decided that I should give it a go,” he shared. “Since resigning for my job, all I did was to play basketball and have a better conditioning to be ready for the draft.”Geronimo’s skills were tested in the two-day 2017 Gatorade PBA Draft Combine as he shared the court with bluechip stalwarts. And although at times, he felt like he was out of place, he was satisfied to be able to keep up with the likes of Ravena and Herndon. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Christian Geronimo. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netLittle-known Christian Geronimo sees him joining the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft as his shot to make his dreams come true.Showcasing his talents alongside heralded counterparts, the PUP graduate admitted he was humbled to play with guys like Kiefer Ravena, Jason Perkins, Lervin Flores, and Robbie Herndon.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion DOH drafting order to lower prices of expensive medicines PLAY LIST 02:03DOH drafting order to lower prices of expensive medicines00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Wall on Lonzo Ball: ‘His dad does all the talking for him’ LATEST STORIES “I was still feeling my way. I was nervous, but I’m happy that I was able to play alongside them,” he said.Whether or not he gets selected, Geronimo is already happy that he tried his best to make his dreams come true as he hopes to become an inspiration to fellow lesser-known players in terms of shooting for the stars.“I want to prove that I can play here and I can give inspiration to all who dreams to play in the PBA,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoHuddersfield set to sign Crystal Palace winger Puncheon

first_imgHuddersfield set to sign Crystal Palace winger Puncheonby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield are set to sign Jason Puncheon from Crystal Palace.The winger will be on loan at David Wanger’s team for the rest of the season.The 32-year-old has not played much at Palace this season.But he has the type of experience that Wagner wants in his team, as Huddersfield look to stay in the top flight.Since Palace are also involved in that fight, it is a surprise they let Puncheon leave to a rival.The winger has not started a Premier League game this season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Arkansas Football Held An Impressive Dunk Contest Last Night

first_imgA general view of Arkansas' football field.FAYETTEVILLE, AR – SEPTEMBER 2: General view during the game between the University of Southern California Trojans and the Arkansas Razorbacks on September 2, 2006 at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Southern California won 50-14. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Arkansas football is known for big lineman and a dominant run game, but on Tuesday evening, the Razorbacks proved they can do a bit of high-flying as well. The team took part in a dunk contest, emceed by offensive lineman Sebastian Tretola, and the results were really quite impressive.Who’s the best dunker on @RazorbackFB?— Arkansas Razorbacks (@ArkRazorbacks) December 22, 2015That is defensive end and former high school hoops star Jamario Bell taking over the show at the end. Our only regret is that Tretola didn’t get involved himself. He’ll just have to settle for throwing touchdown passes.[Razorbackers]last_img read more

Rep Franz welcomes granddaughter to State of the State address

center_img LANSING, MI – Onekama lawmaker State Rep. Ray Franz, right, welcomed granddaughter Meghan Franz, left, to the House chamber tonight to hear Gov. Rick Snyder’s State the State address.“It is a true blessing to have my granddaughter here with me tonight to share in this experience,” Rep. Franz said. “Like so many Michigan families across the state, family comes first and my family means everything to me. This is also a great opportunity for Meghan to see what her grandpa really does in Lansing. This will be the last address I attend in the House chambers as state representative and I couldn’t think of a better person I’d rather have at my side than Meghan.”Meghan Franz is originally from Toledo, Ohio and is currently a sophomore at Northwood University studying marketing and finance. “I am so grateful to be given the opportunity to attend the State of the State with my Grandpa,” Meghan said.  “He has served his constituents with dignity and integrity and I am so proud of him.”######last_img read more

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