As a subcontractor of clinical evaluation services for Social Security Disability, The IMA Group temporarily closed in April due to COVID-19, furloughing most of its entry-level and frontline clinic staff. But when operations resumed the following month, 20% of employees did not return.
Besides collecting unemployment, these workers received a $600 federal weekly unemployment benefit under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). They were collecting more money not working—while also avoiding childcare expenses—than they were earning at their $15 to $18 per hour job.
“When we started calling employees back to work, they felt they