Marg Gruenberg, Editor of Press Associates Union spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on June 1 about jobless numbers.
The first topic Gruenberg covered was how unemployment numbers are close to depression era numbers. He added how he has been studying jobless numbers and highlighted some of the states with the highest unemployment percentages. Gruenberg then spoke about the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and their lack of attention to worker issues during the COVID-19 pandemic. He said employers have not adhered to safety standards and are offering less than acceptable amounts of personal protective equipment to their employees with no response from OSHA. During a pandemic where OSHA is needed most to enforce safety standards, they are absent. Gruenberg said OSHA needed to be there for guidance, and has let workers down.
Sue McConnell, President of the Cleveland Better Business Bureau spoke about doing business during the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has had a major impact on the economy and many businesses are being killed because of it. The first topic she addresses is what a person can do if they purchased from a business that went bankrupt during the COVID-19 pandemic and weren’t able to fulfill their order. She said in some instances, a company will credit the customer, but in the case where they don’t, people can reach out to the attorney general and they will investigate if they took orders with the knowledge they wouldn’t be able to fill them. The second topic McConnell spoke about was online scams to be on the lookout for as summer approaches. She offered advice on how to spot scams when shopping online. She noted if a seller is asking for prepaid cards as payment, it is likely a scam. Lastly, she spoke about work-at-home scams and how scammers are targeting people looking for jobs due to the pandemic. McConnell said online scammers are offering jobs where a person needs to fill out a large amount of personal information. Upon completion, there is no job and the person who gave up their information could have their identity stolen.
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