LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Many of you are still asking "Where's the $300?"
In August, President Trump signed an executive order creating the Lost Wages Assistance Program to provide additional money to those who had applied for unemployment assistance.
On Aug. 25, the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation announced that Gov. Sisolak had authorized them to apply to participate in the Lost Wages Assistance Program.
On Sept. 2, DETR announced that it had submitted its application for the program.
On Sept. 11, DETR announced that their application had been approved.
On Oct. 7, DETR announced it had been approved for 3 weeks of checks and they were applying for an additional 3 weeks. It also said that the agency would be sending out the extra $300 weekly benefit in mid to late October.
According to DETR, LWA payments in the PUA system began on Oct. 15 and are now complete.
The first round of LWA payments for people who applied for regular unemployment will not be completed until the middle of next week.
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.
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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.
For weeks following the first three, DETR was awarded a lump sum grant amount which is likely to cover only one or two additional weeks of benefits for qualified claimants.
These payments will be sent one week at a time beginning the last week of October.
DETR will be providing updates on the exact time and amount of funding which will be released beyond the three weeks.
DETR also would like to remind UI claimants that if they are not getting at least $100 a week in benefits, they are not eligible for the LWA benefit.
Additionally, DETR says that claimants should not contact the call center unless they have not received the extra benefit after next week.