Alabama begins payments of $300 for unemployed under federal program

Alabama begins payments of $300 for unemployed under federal program”

Other states developed a work-around to tackle the issue of residents not otherwise qualifying for the extra federal financial assistance.

Gov. Jim Justice and WorkForce West Virginia announced that the state is activating the Lost Wages Assistance Program to provide additional benefits to unemployed West Virginians.

According to a press release from NDOL, the payments would be limited to qualified claimants for the weeks of August 1, August 8 and August 15.

It directs the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, acting through FEMA, to make available up to $44 billion in its Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) to states that request the funds.

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About 330,000 Minnesotans are expected to receive the supplemental payments. New Hampshire, for example, is supplementing its residents' unemployment benefits to ensure everyone reaches the $100 threshold. Workers also have to be unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to be eligible.

The first week for which the Lost Wages Assistance payment will be available is UI benefit week ending August 1.

On August 12, the federal government altered the requirement that states allocate additional funds to pay 25% of the benefit, and both NY and New Jersey applied for the program. LWA is now time-limited to an initial five-week period and not everyone who has filed an unemployment claim will be eligible. States are encouraged to satisfy the 25 percent state match requirement and provide the additional $100 in benefits either through allocations of the state's Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF), provided under Title V of the CARES Act, or other state funding. When combined with the new LWA program, the maximum possible benefit will be $740 per week for the covered weeks before federal withholding taxes. The payment could end in a matter of weeks, if FEMA funding is exhausted or the federal government enacts new law, similar to the recently expired Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program, to supplant the Lost Wages Assistance payment. "The $738 million we just issued is only one step, and we will continue to ensure individuals who are eligible for benefits receive the critical assistance they need". Visit the Iowa Department of Human Services website at for more information. The PUA program may provide benefits to claimants that did not have enough wages to establish a valid regular state UI claim but were prohibited from employment due to COVID-19. In addition, the total federal funds issued to Georgians for FPUC totaled over $34 million last week. The GDOL will reopen offices to the public as soon as social distancing can be effectively implemented to protect both staff and customers.

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