GDOL confirms $945 for 13 weeks, $345 for another 26 weeks

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The Guam Department of Labor has received confirmation from U.S. DOL that the total weekly amount of unemployment assistance available to qualified island residents who’ve lost jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic will be $945 a week, for the first 13 weeks.

The benefit then drops down to $345 for another 26 weeks.

A release from Guam DOL reminds employers that they must register on HireGuam.com and report the names of the workers they laid off, furloughed, or whose hours were reduced as a result of the economic blow dealt by the virus.

There are two federal programs that are providing the unemployment benefits.

  1. PUA: The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program. PUA will provide $345 weekly for 39 weeks.

Now that the weekly PUA amount has been set, Guam DOL Director David Dell’Isola said in a release that he can now send out the supplemental budget requirement to the U.S. Department of Labor for approval and “get our people the help they need.”

*Information on how to apply for the $345 PUA benefit will be released after U.S. DOL approves the process, according to a release from Guam DOL.

  1. FPUC: The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation Program. FPUC will provide $600 weekly for 13 weeks.

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero got approval for Guam’s participation in the FPUC program last Saturday, April 11. FPUC will provide a $600 weekly supplement to the PUA program from April to the end of July.

*Island residents who’ve lost their jobs to the coronavirus outbreak and can meet the FPUC qualifications, will receive the additional $600 FPUC benefit for a total of $945 weekly “during the approved time frame.”  After that, they will continue to receive the $345 PUA check.

READ the release from Guam DOL in FULL below:

Guam Department of Labor received verification from the US Department of Labor for the weekly benefit amount (WBA) to be issued to those that are unemployed or under employed due to COVID-19. Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), put in place by Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero, will be in the amount of $345 a week. The Pandemic assistance period (PAP) is between Jan. 27, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2020.

This dollar amount is for the 39-week PUA program. Information on how to apply will be released after USDOL approves the process.

“Now that we have the weekly benefit amount, I can send out the supplemental budget requirement to US Department of Labor for approval and get our people the help they need,” said GDOL Director David Dell’Isola.

The Governor got the approval last Saturday (April 11, 2020), for Guam to qualify for the $600 per week supplement called the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation Program (FPUC). FPUC will supplement the PUA amount from April to the end of July. For those unemployed who meet the qualifications, they will receive $945 during the approved timeframe. After that, they will continue to receive the $345 PUA check.

Employers are required to register on HireGuam.com this week. Within a short time the completed phase II online module will be installed. And then employers can go back in and report their displaced workers that were furloughed, laid off, or had their hours reduced.