Choosing unemployment over paychecks leads to SNF staffing issues

Jun 26, 2020
The Bottom Line

SNFs across the U.S. are struggling with staffing issues amid the pandemic. Because of both safety concerns and limited access to childcare, some staff members are choosing unemployment over paychecks.

The federal government added an additional $600 a week to individual unemployment checks as part of the CARES Act, meaning that some employees actually make more money through unemployment than they did working at a SNF. One nurse staffing agency, IntelyCare, has reported that about 30% of it’s CNAs have chosen to take unemployment during the pandemic.

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