The Guam Department of Labor is moving forward with the Lost Wages Act to get extra funds to the unemployed individuals who qualify.
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance staff will focus on finalizing a list of claimants who meet the criteria, and clearing them for payment.
The goal is to get all six weeks of this additional money paid out on Nov. 24 to the tens of thousands who qualify. That payment will be LWA only. The Department will also run a special PUA batch on Nov. 17.
In order to achieve this efficiently, customer service representatives at the PUA call center will be detailed to work on LWA for one week. GDOL’s 311 line as well as appointment lines will be down, Nov. 16-20.
Applicants with face-to-face appointments at the Dededo Library will not be affected.
The LWA is an Executive Order by President Donald Trump that provides qualifying claimants an extra $300 a week of federal money for six weeks, on top of what they receive from PUA.
States and territories were to pay an extra $100 a week from local budgets, but most states waived their end of the payment.
To qualify for LWA, claimants must receive at least $100 in PUA. Dates covered are weeks ending Aug. 1 to Sept. 5. We anticipate close to 25,000 people will qualify.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency granted Guam about $45 million to fund the extra $300. Those who qualify for all six weeks will get an additional $1,800.
Previously the Department was awaiting the President’s signature on a waiver for the local share of the LWA. We just received an official letter from FEMA allowing us to move forward with just the federal share of the program.
“We’ve been pushing to get these payments ready and getting the software installed on our hireguam.com system so we can get this extra money out. We are moving forward without the President’s signature. The PUA expiration date of Dec. 31 is getting closer, and some of our unemployed are reaching the 39-week cap on their PUA claims. Getting this money out is a priority,” said GDOL Director David Dell’Isola.
Those wishing to file a new claim or weekly certifications can continue to do so at home on hireguam.com. The website will not be affected.
For more information on the unemployment assistance programs go to dol.guam.gov. For login issues, email firstname.lastname@example.org.