The Guam Department of Labor is continuing to batch payments until all valid claims are paid.
GDOL director David Dell’Isola said that today, Tuesday, they batched a total of $791,000. Of this amount, $308,000 was for PUA, $385,000 was for FPUC, there was only $7,000 for LWA, and federal taxes accounted for $65,000.
“As you can see, the batching is decreasing very rapidly. But we’ll continue to batch until there are valid claims that need to be paid,” Dell’Isola said in an interview with NewsTalk K57’s Pauly Suba.
He added that they are continuing to address claimants who have issues, appeals, or problems filing.
“We’re concentrating on getting them cleared so they can be batched for payment. What we are seeing now is a lot of people who have filed their weeklies who just haven’t gotten around to it, or had additional problems or issues. And so they came into the American Job Center and asking for help,” the GDOE director said.
According to Dell’Isola, their appeals jumped up dramatically when the job search requirement was activated.
“A lot of people didn’t understand exactly how to go about it. Some thought that they’re exempt from job searches for various reasons, and you know and they had a little bit of challenge filing their weeks. And those are the ones that we’re basically clearing out very quickly now,” Dell’Isola said.
He added that GDOL keeps a list of how many people have issues and the list is shrinking very quickly.
“Our people are concentrating and hitting it hard to make sure that all these people get paid. And I just want to say that we will pay everybody, I don’t care if it’s in February, March, if you have a problem. If you have an appeal. We will fix you, we will get you batched, and we will get you paid. I won’t leave anybody behind,” Dell’Isola assured.