The world is going through a tough time and the best we can do about it is to help each other and stand by the helpless and the more affected people to prevent them from giving up hope and positivity. In this scenario, Northeastern University has always been a step forward to actively participate in the well-being of others. According to the public health guidelines issued by the state in response to the coronavirus pandemic, schools, colleges, and universities have been closed for an indefinite period of time and moved to the online classroom facilities to keep the students updated in the academic curriculum. However, the retail and service staff employed in the university have been laid off in this situation.
The Northeastern authority has decided to assist these set of employees who were or are going to be furloughed in the near future by providing them with extensive set of resources without any cost, as the vice president and assistant treasurer at the university, Alysa Gerlach mentioned that they “were laid off by their employers through no fault of their own”. The university will offer the opportunity of connecting these employees to the temporary employment opportunities through Northeastern’s extensive co-op employer network, such as the CVS, Uber, Lyft, Amazon, and others that are currently hiring to meet their overwhelming demand in delivery of products and services during the lockdown. The workers will have the chance to utilise the advantage of the university’s employer network to identify job openings and provide individual career coaching which includes the facilities of learning to write a resume and to apply for a job among others.
The federal CARES Act, which was put into law on March 27, extends the provision to receive significant unemployment benefits and compensations to the furloughed workers. They will immediately receive the required amount under Massachusetts law with an additional six hundred dollars per week for up to eighteen months. This is the right time for Northeastern to take care of those who took care of this university always.