When: Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT
What: The COVID-19 pandemic, along with the critical public health measures taken to resist it, has already resulted in millions of workers being laid off and families threatened with financial ruin. Fortunately, the unemployment insurance (UI) system serves as the first line of defense for laid-off workers. However, as state and federal policymakers continue to move forward with substantial changes to UI to bolster its effectiveness, important policy questions arise: What is different about this crisis that necessitates UI reform? What do time-limited reforms aim to accomplish? What can we reasonably expect the UI system to do for workers and the economy?
On Wednesday, April 1, The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution will host a webcast discussing UI during the COVID-19 pandemic and how it can reduce the impact of the economic downturn. Discussants will include Katharine Abraham of the University of Maryland, Susan N. Houseman of Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, and Ryan Nunn of The Hamilton Project.