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USCIS creates new requirements for CNMI employers to protect US workers

On May 14, 2020, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services published interim final rule (IFR) implementing the Northern Mariana Islands U.S. Workforce Act of 2018. The purpose of these rules is to protect U.S. Workers in the Commonwealth of the Northern Islands and ensure that U.S. Workers will not be displaced or be a competitive disadvantage for employment.

Labor: Health insurance benefits have no bearing on PUA, FPUC programs

The CNMI Department of Labor (CNMI DOL) was notified that some employers are cancelling health insurance benefits to ensure employees with partial earnings qualify for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) programs. These actions were not recommended or approved by CNMI DOL.

Three new cases of COVID-19

The Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) announce that three (3) additional people have been recently confirmed to have contracted COVID-19. 

MCATS now available in response to COVID-19

The Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force, and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) announce the transition of the CHCC COVID-19 Health Tent to the Medical Care and Treatment Site (MCATS) on the CHCC upper level (see diagram below).

One new COVID-19 confirmed case in the CNMI

The Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force and Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation would like to inform the public that one (1) new individual has been confirmed positive for COVID-19. The total number of COVID-19 cases in the CNMI is now 16.

Labor provides update on supporting documents for PUA

On May 7, 2020, the CNMI Department of Labor (CNMI DOL) provided a list of general questions and answers regarding the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) programs. CNMI DOL continues to work with the US Department of Labor (USDOL) on implementation, so information may be subject to change.

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