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Women's Bureau

WB Updates May 2020| Issue III
Citizens and friends,
As the country faces these challenging times, I want to thank you for continuing to follow the
Women’s Bureau for important information about how the U.S. Department of Labor is
working to assist working families across America. We recognize the hardship created by this
pandemic and we know that women across the country are feeling the e ects of COVID-19, at
home and work.
The Department is helping provide critical support to working families – from clear workplace
safety guidance to implementing paid family and medical leave and paid sick leave to ensure
that workers who lose their jobs receive timely relief through expanded unemployment
benefits. Learn more about the U.S. Department of Labor’s e orts to respond to the COVID-19
pandemic at
With that said, the Women’s Bureau’s mission remains the same: To be a resource for working
women across the country, whether they’re employers, employees, “essential workers,”
someone that has been furloughed or laid o , or who wants to work.
Laurie Todd-Smith, Ph.D.
Women’s Bureau
U.S. Department of Labor

Department of Labor Coronavirus Resources

The U.S. Department
of Labor has
resources to help
workers and
employers prepare for
the COVID-19. Visit the
resource page to find
information related to
workplace safety, paid
leave, unemployment
insurance, and
support for dislocated
workers, and more.
To learn more about the government’s response to Coronavirus and to access other agency
resources, please visit

Coronavirus-Related Paid Family and Medical Leave and Paid
Sick Leave
On April 1, 2020, the
U.S. Department of
Labor announced new
action regarding how
American workers and
employers will benefit
from the protections
and relief o ered by
the Emergency Paid
Sick Leave Act and
Emergency Family
and Medical Leave
Expansion Act, both
part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

The Wage and Hour Division has released extensive plain-language guidance on the
requirements of the law, including answers to frequently asked questions, a fact sheet for
employees, and a fact sheet for employers, available in both English and Spanish, required
workplace posters for employers, and an in-depth webinar.

Learn How to File for Unemployment Insurance
The Families First
Coronavirus Response
Act (FFCRA) provides
additional flexibility
for state
insurance agencies
and additional
funding to respond to
the COVID-19
pandemic. The
Coronavirus Aid,
Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provide an extra $600 per week for most
unemployment beneficiaries and expands states’ ability to provide unemployment insurance
for many workers a ected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including for workers who are not
ordinarily eligible for unemployment benefits—such as self-employed, independent
contractor, and gig workers. Find more information about expanded unemployment
insurance benefits and learn how to apply for unemployment insurance benefits in your

Child Care Resources
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families
(ACF) COVID-19 resource page includes information on ACF's mission-related issues and
programs a ected by COVID-19. ACF will continue to provide COVID-19-related resources for
programs that help the nation's children, families, and communities during this challenging
time. For resources on Head Start, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Early Childhood

and other child
care resources
in your state,
visit the ACF
website. Visit
to find child
care providers
and learn more
resources in
your state.

Share Your Ideas in the Opening America’s Workplaces Again
National Online Dialogue
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)
continues its e orts to support
American workers and position the
economy for a strong rebound. DOL
is hosting a national online
dialogue, Opening America’s
Workplaces Again about the
challenges that may be faced as
businesses reopen and how best to
help employers and workers safely reopen America’s workplaces.
The public—including employers, workers, labor unions, local authorities, and advocacy
groups—is invited to participate in the dialogue through May 7, 2020.
Join your fellow Americans and share your best ideas on these topics:
1. Reopening businesses;
2. Commuting safely;
3. Working safely;
4. Accommodating members of vulnerable populations;
5. Supporting America’s families; and

6. Reducing regulatory burdens.
We want to hear from you. Get started at

Youth Apprenticeship Readiness Grant Program
The U.S. Department of Labor’s
Employment and Training
Administration (ETA) announced the
availability of $42.5 million in Youth
Apprenticeship Readiness grants to
support the enrollment of in-school
or out-of-school youth apprentices
(ages 16-24) into new or existing
registered apprenticeship programs.
ETA intends to fund approximately
15 to 25 Youth Apprenticeship
Readiness grants, with awards ranging from $1 million to $5 million. Information on how
eligible applicants can apply for funding is available here.

Tell Us Your Story—30 Days Until Our 100th Anniversary
In just 30 days, the
Women’s Bureau will
celebrate our 100th
anniversary. As we
honor 100 years of
working for working
women, the "Our
Purpose. Your Work."
initiative presents
women of all ages
with the opportunity
to share your work
stories and talk about
how the Women’s Bureau has helped advance your purpose. Throughout our centennial year

thus far, we have collected and shared stories to learn how the Women’s Bureau’s resources
and initiatives have made a di erence in your life, at work and at home. Don’t miss your
chance to share your story; we want to hear how your life, your work, and your family have
been a ected.
Tell us your story here.

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Department of Labor
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