BOISE – Gov. Brad Little announced on June 8 his plan to offer up to $1,500 cash to Idahoans who return to work.

According to a news release, more than 60% of Americans who are out of work due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic earn more with the enhanced unemployment benefits than their normal wages. The enhanced benefits are set to expire next month, making it even more important to get Idahoans back to work.

“A strong economic rebound cannot occur without workers returning to a job, and the new Return to Work cash bonuses incentivize our workforce to get back to work safely. Like other states, Idaho went from record employment to record unemployment levels in a matter of weeks. Our hearts go out to those who lost jobs or income due to the global pandemic,” Gov. Little said.

The executive committee of the Idaho Workforce Development Council will discuss the plan next week. Under Gov. Little’s plan, up to $100 million in federal relief funds will be made available to Idaho workers who are eligible for unemployment benefits during the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov. Little’s plan includes one-time cash bonuses of $1,500 for full-time work and $750 for part-time work and will be provided to the worker after return to the workplace.

The funds will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for qualified applicants.

Gov. Little will work with the Idaho Workforce Development Council and his Coronavirus Financial Advisory Committee to finalize the plan and eligibility requirements.

More information on eligibility and how to apply for a Return to Work cash bonus are expected to be available by June 15 at rebound.idaho.gov.

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