NEVADA (KTNV) — Unemployment insurance filers will continue to be afforded the work search waiver until further notice, according to Nevada officials.
Gov. Steve Sisolak and the Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation made the announcement on Tuesday.
“Continuing to waive this requirement maintains Nevadans’ access to unemployment insurance benefits while Nevada gradually reopens with new safety precautions in place for workers and customers,” said Gov. Sisolak.
Officials also said due to the ongoing public health crisis, the extending of the work search waiver is expected to ease the financial burden being experienced by Nevada families.
“While some businesses are starting to reopen, we continue to see the unemployment rate rise, and it makes sense to keep this measure suspended to assist Nevadans in continuing their unemployment insurance benefits, ” said DETR Director, Heather Korbulic. “Our agency will continue to work with the Governor’s Office and the Department of Labor and other federal partners in moving forward as we support families throughout Nevada and participate in the reopening of the Silver State.”
Filers can continue to bypass the work search screen when filing weekly claims here.
“As Nevada moves through the reopening phases and more businesses move to reopen, the Employment Security Division and Unemployment Insurance will align the restart of this program requirement with the reopening of JobConnect offices throughout the state,” said Kimberly Gaa, Administrator for Employer Security Division. “We continue to be focused on providing benefits and extend waivers as permitted to protect the health and safety of Nevadans.”
Nevadans seeking unemployment insurance benefits are highly encouraged to file online. Officials say it is the fastest and most convenient way to file and reserves the phone lines for individuals who are not able or do not have the necessary resources to file online.
Independent workers, self employed and gig workers were asked not to file on the unemployment website as the agency said it is working on a process of implementing a new module necessary to start taking claims late this month.
More information is also available on the DETR's website amid the current pandemic.