Travis Hockaday Seen in Forbes Providing Input on Pandemic Unemployment Programs

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In the Forbes article “9 Answers to Your Most Pressing Unemployment Questions,” acclaimed writer Gerri Detweiler details responses from multiple attorneys in a Q&A for small business owners about the unemployment assistance programs Congress passed in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Smith Anderson employment attorney Travis Hockaday addressed what would happen to workers who are brought back at reduced pay and those who experience a reduction in hours. 

“Workers who are working reduced hours as a direct result of COVID-19 may be eligible for unemployment benefits and should apply if they believe that they may qualify,” said Travis. “Employees can earn up to 20% of their weekly benefit amount without the earnings counting against their weekly benefits; earnings over that amount are deducted from the weekly benefits.”

When asked about employee pay when there is insufficient work for employees at the workplace, Travis explained that the two types of employee classifications (exempt and non-exempt) under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) establish what employees must be paid relative to an employee’s predetermined salary or hourly rate.

Writer Gerri Detweiler is a nationally recognized credit expert who has authored five books and has been interviewed for more than 4,000 news stories. Her articles have been widely syndicated to nationally recognized publications such as Forbes, and she has testified before Congress on credit legislation.

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