Biden wants to end confusion over when unemployed workers can refuse a job


President Joe Biden signs an executive order during an event in the State Dining Room of the White House on Jan. 21, 2021.

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President Joe Biden ordered federal labor officials on Friday to clarify when unemployed workers can refuse a job offer and continue to collect jobless benefits.

A work refusal generally shuts off jobless benefits for recipients. But the law allows them to refuse unsuitable work — in instances of unsafe work conditions, for example — and continue to receive aid.

There’s been confusion in the pandemic era as to how such rules apply and when Americans can reasonably refuse a job offer. That may apply to safety concerns like…


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