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ADDRESSES: Secretary to the Board, Railroad Retirement Board, 844 North Rush Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611– 1275. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: (2) Applications or motions for extensions of time to file required filings, reports, data and information and to perform other acts required at or within a specific time by any rule, regulation, license, permit, certificate, or order by the Commission, including applications or motions for extensions of time to file the Annual Report of Natural Gas Transactions (FERC Form No. 552) and the Report of Transmission Investment Activity (FERC–730); and [FR Doc. 2020–07302 Filed 4–2–20; 5:15 pm] RAILROAD RETIREMENT BOARD Marguerite P. Dadabo, Assistant General Counsel, Railroad Retirement Board, 844 North Rush Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611–1275, (312) 751–4945, TTD (312) 751–4701. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Railroad Retirement Board pays unemployment benefits to unemployed railroad workers under the provisions of the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act (45 U.S.C. 351 et seq.). One of the requirements for payment of a claim for unemployment benefits is that the claimant be ‘‘available for work.’’ The Board has defined that phrase in its regulations at Part 327. The Board is now revising that definition in order to address the handling of claims for railroad unemployment benefits caused by the COVID–19 pandemic. On March 13, 2020, President Donald Trump issued a proclamation declaring that the COVID–19 outbreak in the United States constitutes a national emergency, beginning March 1, 2020. On March 14, 2020, the House of Representatives passed a bill, H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which includes an expansion of unemployment benefit programs administered by the states. That bill was passed by the Senate and signed by the President on March 18, 2020. Consistent with the President’s proclamation and the expansion of state unemployment benefits in the legislation, the Board is expanding the definition of ‘‘available for work’’ to address the surge in unemployment caused by the pandemic. The Board has determined that in order to meet the needs of the railroad PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 industry and railroad employees, the definition of ‘‘available for work’’ must be modified in order to facilitate the payment of unemployment benefits to railroad employees who will be out of work because of state and local public health orders related to the coronavirus. In light of the President’s declaration that the national emergency began March 1, 2020, the Board is issuing this rule as a final rule. If the Board were to invite public comment on a proposed rule, the goal of paying unemployment benefits as quickly as possible to otherwise eligible railroad employees could not be met. The Board thus finds for good cause that it is impracticable to invite public comment and in the public interest that unemployment claims of railroad employees be facilitated in this period of national emergency. 5 U.S.C § 553(b). The Office of Management and Budget has determined that this is a significant regulatory action under Executive Order 12866, as amended. There are no changes to the information collections associated with Part 327. List of Subjects in 20 CFR Part 327 Railroad employees, Railroad unemployment. For the reasons set out in the preamble, the Railroad Retirement Board amends title 20, chapter II, subchapter C, part 327 of the Code of Federal Regulations as follows: PART 327—AVAILABLE FOR WORK 1. The authority citation for part 327 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 45 U.S.C. 362(i), 362(l). 2. Amend § 327.5 by adding paragraph (d) to read as follows: ■ § 327.5 * * Meaning of ‘‘available for work.’’ * * * (d) Deemed available for work. During the period extending from March 1, 2020 until December 31, 2020, a claimant will be deemed to be available for work during any period for which he or she is subject to a state or local order related to the public health emergency declared effective March 1, 2020 preventing him or her from reporting to work. Dated: March 31, 2020. By Authority of the Board. Stephanie Hillyard, Secretary to the Board. [FR Doc. 2020–06975 Filed 4–3–20; 11:15 am] BILLING CODE 7905–01–P E:\FR\FM\07APR1.SGM 07APR1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 67 (Tuesday, April 7, 2020)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Page 19386]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-06975]


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RAILROAD RETIREMENT BOARD

20 CFR Part 327

RIN 3220--AB75


Available for Work

AGENCY: Railroad Retirement Board.

ACTION: Interim final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Railroad Retirement Board is amending the definition of 
``available for work'' in its regulations in order to facilitate 
payment of unemployment benefits to railroad employees who are out of 
work due to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent 
declaration of a national emergency beginning March 1, 2020.

DATES: This final rule takes effect April 3, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Secretary to the Board, Railroad Retirement Board, 844 North 
Rush Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611-1275.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marguerite P. Dadabo, Assistant 
General Counsel, Railroad Retirement Board, 844 North Rush Street, 
Chicago, Illinois 60611-1275, (312) 751-4945, TTD (312) 751-4701.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Railroad Retirement Board pays 
unemployment benefits to unemployed railroad workers under the 
provisions of the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act (45 U.S.C. 351 et 
seq.). One of the requirements for payment of a claim for unemployment 
benefits is that the claimant be ``available for work.'' The Board has 
defined that phrase in its regulations at Part 327. The Board is now 
revising that definition in order to address the handling of claims for 
railroad unemployment benefits caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
    On March 13, 2020, President Donald Trump issued a proclamation 
declaring that the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States constitutes a 
national emergency, beginning March 1, 2020. On March 14, 2020, the 
House of Representatives passed a bill, H.R. 6201, the Families First 
Coronavirus Response Act, which includes an expansion of unemployment 
benefit programs administered by the states. That bill was passed by 
the Senate and signed by the President on March 18, 2020. Consistent 
with the President's proclamation and the expansion of state 
unemployment benefits in the legislation, the Board is expanding the 
definition of ``available for work'' to address the surge in 
unemployment caused by the pandemic. The Board has determined that in 
order to meet the needs of the railroad industry and railroad 
employees, the definition of ``available for work'' must be modified in 
order to facilitate the payment of unemployment benefits to railroad 
employees who will be out of work because of state and local public 
health orders related to the coronavirus. In light of the President's 
declaration that the national emergency began March 1, 2020, the Board 
is issuing this rule as a final rule. If the Board were to invite 
public comment on a proposed rule, the goal of paying unemployment 
benefits as quickly as possible to otherwise eligible railroad 
employees could not be met. The Board thus finds for good cause that it 
is impracticable to invite public comment and in the public interest 
that unemployment claims of railroad employees be facilitated in this 
period of national emergency. 5 U.S.C Sec.  553(b).
    The Office of Management and Budget has determined that this is a 
significant regulatory action under Executive Order 12866, as amended. 
There are no changes to the information collections associated with 
Part 327.

List of Subjects in 20 CFR Part 327

    Railroad employees, Railroad unemployment.

    For the reasons set out in the preamble, the Railroad Retirement 
Board amends title 20, chapter II, subchapter C, part 327 of the Code 
of Federal Regulations as follows:

PART 327--AVAILABLE FOR WORK

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1. The authority citation for part 327 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 45 U.S.C. 362(i), 362(l).


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2. Amend Sec.  327.5 by adding paragraph (d) to read as follows:


 Sec.  327.5  Meaning of ``available for work.''

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    (d) Deemed available for work. During the period extending from 
March 1, 2020 until December 31, 2020, a claimant will be deemed to be 
available for work during any period for which he or she is subject to 
a state or local order related to the public health emergency declared 
effective March 1, 2020 preventing him or her from reporting to work.

    Dated: March 31, 2020.

    By Authority of the Board.
Stephanie Hillyard,
Secretary to the Board.
[FR Doc. 2020-06975 Filed 4-3-20; 11:15 am]
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