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Call Center Told to Rethink Wage Scale in Bid to Obtain EDC Benefits

A stateside call center hoping to expand to St. Croix got schooled in the economy of the U.S. Virgin Islands on Tuesday at a public Economic Development Commission hearing.
Commissioner of the Department of Labor Gary Molloy testifies before an October hearing. (File photo)

Territory to Receive More Pandemic Unemployment Relief, Eventually

The Labor Department met the Sept. 10 deadline to apply for the Lost Wages Assistance Program, a stopgap measure while Congress hammers out a second pandemic relief package – but the money won’t flow anytime soon.
People wait outside the Department of Labor standing three to six feet apart from one another to maintain social distancing. (Source photo Bethaney Lee)

Labor Waives Unemployment Work Search Requirements During Pandemic

The V.I. Department of Labor is temporarily waiving many of the work search and other requirements to receive unemployment insurance, to increase access to resources during the pandemic.
Commissioner of the Department of Labor Gary Molloy testifies before an October hearing. (File photo)

Labor Pushing to Get Unemployment Payments into the Community

Unemployment insurance payments are starting to flow to V.I. residents suffering layoffs due to the coronavirus, but the logistical strain on the system means it’s going to be a while before all needs are met.
Commissioner of Labor Gary Molloy (Submitted photo)

Claims of Laid Off Workers Dwarf Puny Unemployment Fund

It could prove more than difficult to pay all the unemployment claims from V.I. workers attributed to the new coronavirus – unless Washington D.C. steps in with funding.
From left, Gary Halyard, Nesha Christian-Hendrickson, Gary Molloy, commissioner, and Elston George provide testimony to the senate about Department of Labor matters. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the V.I. Legislature)

Legislature Marking Unemployment Tax to Payroll to Comply with Fed Law

The 33rd Legislature Finance Committee approved bills dealing with the gas excise tax, unemployment tax, a tax commission and the territory’s insurance division Tuesday.

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