Furloughed Disney Employees Could Be Fast-Tracked To Receive Unemployment Benefits
As we’ve been discussing here all week at MickeyBlog, some 77,000 Walt Disney World Cast Members will be furloughed starting next week (April 19th) meaning a massive increase in the amount of those applying for unemployment in the state of Florida.
Many of these employees have taken to protesting from home in response to an unemployment system that is struggling to efficiently deal with this new influx in those filing for unemployment. However, there may be some relief according to a new report in the Orlando Sentinel.
Today, Governor Ron Desantis said that he’s “considering” a plan that would automatically put all of the details regarding Disney employees into the system. It would give these workers the opportunity to skip the queue of having to go through the filing process which has been marred by system crashes and congested helplines.
However, DeSantis pointed out that Disney employees weren’t being given preferential treatment from other workers in the state filing for unemployment, “They wouldn’t get any special place in line — whoever is applying is going to go through that way,” the Governor said. “But I think when you know you’re going to have a massive amount of people from one employer that’s announced, if we can work with them to get that information and get it through the system, I think that would probably be better for everyone.”
DeSantis also said that progress is being made in processing new unemployment claims with the first checks going out this week for $600 per week in federal funds and $275 per week in state unemployment.
This is a story that we here at MickeyBlog will continue to follow closely. Keep checking in with us for the latest updates regarding this and other Disney-related news.
Source: Orlando Sentinel