In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many Americans were forced to lose their jobs. They were left unemployed due to lengthy lockdowns to contain the virus. However, whenever there is a problem, the federal government always backs the Americans.
The US government introduced another emergency program to help those Americans who are unemployed.
Pandemic Emergency Assistance (PUA) is aimed to address the issue of Nevada state unemployment. If you are an unemployed Nevadan, who lost the job due to the pandemic, we have some exciting news for you. It will surely ease your financial constraints.
What is Pandemic emergency assistance (PUA) for Nevada state unemployment?
As the name suggests the Pandemic Emergency Assistance is a temporary federal funding program for the individuals who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. It falls under Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The first phase of PUA ran from February 2020 to December 2020. The second phase has been halted for now, because former President Donald Trump didn’t sign the documents. The Nevada State government is now waiting for the go-ahead from the newly elected Biden Administration.
Before we provide you with the details regarding its eligibility criteria, let us tell you, if you are eligible for Unemployment Insurance Assistance, you will not be eligible for PUA.
Eligibility criteria for Pandemic emergency assistance
Nevadans who are unemployed, partially unemployed, unavailable to work due to Sars-Cov-2, or are unable to earn, can receive Pandemic Emergency Assistance. However, these people must not have unemployment insurance benefits.
The groups of unemployed Nevadans who are eligible for PUA include:
- 1099 Contract workers
- New applicants who were about to start work, but couldn’t due to the pandemic
- Those employees who don’t have enough wages or hours to qualify for regular unemployment benefits
- Those whose wages are not reported for regular unemployment insurance assistance
All of the above-mentioned groups are eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). If you fall under these groups, then get ready to claim your benefits as soon as the second phase starts.
When will the second phase for the Pandemic unemployment assistance program start?
As mentioned above, the former President, Trump didn’t sign the Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act, which is causing the delay.
According to the Director of The Department of Employment, Training, and Recruitment of Nevada, Elisa Cafferata, the department is working to distribute cheques to the eligible unemployed individuals as soon as possible. However, they are not sure when the process will begin again, she added.
However, they were able to activate changes for the $300 supplement to the claimants. For more changes, the director says, they will have to wait until the Department of Labor gives out the new guidelines. Moreover, not only the new applications are stacked up, the claimed amounts are also stuck.
Nonetheless, Cafferata has assured everyone that the claimants can expect to receive cheques within the next four weeks, and the new applications will also be determined then. Until then people will have to manage with a $300 supplement.
While making this claim the director also said, those whose supplement amount is also stuck, will receive it, once the matter is resolved.
What are the benefits of PUA?
For those, who are about to claim their PUA, and are unaware of its benefits, we have laid them down here for your ease. PUA will benefit all the unemployed workers who had non-traditional jobs and don’t qualify for the Unemployment Insurance benefit. It will benefit an individual for fifty weeks. However, because Nevada had a high average of insured unemployed, it can extend the assistance for seven more weeks, which makes it a total of 57 weeks.
Who cannot apply for PUA?
If you are insured unemployed, can work without reduced payment, can receive paid leaves or other leave benefits, are unemployed, but you don’t suffer from COVID-19 or you weren’t working in Nevada when you became unemployed, you will not be able to claim PUA benefits.
Moreover, after March.13.2021, no new applications will be entertained. You should keep an eye on the updates and make your claim as soon as the problem resolves.