Nevada to roll out Lost Wages Assistance program

Eligible recipients will see an extra $300 benefit

Mitch Kelly
October 19, 2020 - 4:57 am
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CARSON CITY – Nevada's Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) will beging the roll-out of the Lost Wages Assistance Program this week.

The Lost Wages Program is funded by FEMA which provided grants to participating states to offer additional temporary benefits to certain individuals receiving unemployment benefits.

“The Department has been working as quickly as possible to make this program available to Nevadans. Although LWA funding is limited to a set amount, our objective is to ensure payments are made to eligible claimants for as many weeks as the funding will allow,” said DETR Acting Director Elisa Cafferata.

DETR began the rollout with a small test run of payments earlier this week after intensive work to establish the programming necessary to run effectively the new LWA program since it was announced by the federal government last month. The testing proved successful, and initial payments in the PUA system began last night. It is important to note that while PUA payments are being deposited, claimants are not yet able to see those payments when they log into their claim on the PUA system.

Payments in the UI system will be made in batches and are expected to be completed over the next several days.

As established under federal requirements, eligibility for LWA is tied to certain weeks of eligibility. Claimants who were eligible for either unemployment insurance (UI) benefits or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits for the week of August 1 will receive $300 for that week. Those eligible for unemployment for weeks ending August 8th and August 15th will receive $300 a week for those weeks as well. Claimants eligible for all three weeks, will receive a lump sum of $900.

Federal law does not provide benefits under this program to claimants in the UI system who receive less than $100 a week in UI benefits. It is important to note that payments will go out to only those claimants that indicated their claim was filed as a result of COVID. Claimants who are determined ineligible for UI or PUA unemployment benefits during any of the weeks would not be eligible for LWA.

Nevada was the last state in the nation to apply, and be approved for, the program.