The Employment Safety Division (ESD) introduced it should apply for the Misplaced Wages Help program via the Federal Emergency Administration Administration (FEMA) no later than Friday, Aug. 21, 2020.
Upon approval, this can permit ESD to supply an extra $300 per week for 3 weeks to those that have misplaced work because of the COVID-19 disaster and are receiving unemployment advantages. Misplaced Wages Help is a brief emergency measure to supply extra unemployment advantages to eligible claimants. It isn’t the identical as the extra $600 per week that was accessible beneath the precise CARES Act provision known as the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), which expired on the finish of July. Misplaced Wages Help has completely different necessities for eligibility and is drawn from a restricted pool of cash from FEMA to be shared amongst all states that apply and are accredited.
This program was approved via a Presidential Memorandum signed on Aug. 8, 2020. The funds are retroactive to the unemployment profit week ending Aug. 1, 2020.
“We are going to implement this as shortly as potential to distribute the additional funds to Washingtonians as soon as our utility is accredited,” mentioned ESD Commissioner, Suzi LeVine. “Any extra funds to assist unemployed employees are welcome – and we estimate that this can present greater than $400 million to households, people and our state’s financial system. It will be significant nonetheless, to emphasise that this profit is at the moment time-limited to these submitting claims over a three-week interval, between July 26 and Aug. 15, 2020, and never everybody who has filed an unemployment declare shall be eligible. We are going to proceed to work with FEMA and the U.S. Division of Labor to pursue any extra funds for Washingtonians that will stay after the preliminary three-week interval of advantages are distributed.”
To qualify for this extra funding, claimants should self-certify that they’re unemployed or partially unemployed attributable to disruptions brought on by COVID-19. This can require a brand new step for claimants at the moment receiving common unemployment advantages, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation and Prolonged Advantages.
If the appliance is accredited, ESD will present an outlined timeline for when this system will launch in order that funds will be made to eligible claimants. To be taught extra, an FAQ on Misplaced Wages Help shall be posted at esd.wa.gov/newsroom.