GDOL finds ‘workarounds’ for employees to receive PUA

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GDOL PUA processing center (PNC file photo)

Although Guam’s reduced hour workers are still excluded from PUA, Guam Department of Labor director Dave Dell’Isola says that for large segments of the community, he’s found some workarounds.

Dell’Isola told Newstalk K57 Thursday morning that he received guidance on the matter from his federal counterparts at the U.S. Department of Labor.

People working reduced hours at their jobs are still excluded from PUA but people who were laid off from their full-time job and are working a part-time job can receive the benefit.

That goes for people who were already working a part-time job on the side as well as people who started working a full-time job after getting laid off.

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“A lot of restaurants and hotel staff … most of them that are in the line positions have multiple jobs. One to three extra jobs that they worked, so if they still have a part-time job, or they go out and get a part-time job to hold them over, they will still be eligible under the criteria which is your place of employment is closed. And just claim the income. So although we don’t have reduced income available, there are several ways we can still make up for until we get that decision,” Dell’Isola said.

Two other categories are people who need to work reduced hours to care for elderly parents as well as people who need to care for school-aged children.

The rule allowing parents to stay home to care for their children only applies during the school year as long as their school is at least partially closed.

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“So these things — part-time jobs because your main job is closed and reduced hours because you have to caregiver — will help lessen the blow for reduced hours altogether. And that is something I’ve been arguing with the lawyers at USDOL and they finally agreed with me about the part-time job. It just took a couple of weeks because whenever lawyers are involved, it takes a couple of weeks to get anything out of them. So I just wanted to be happy to tell everybody that I will be putting out notices and releases on those criteria that can be included,” Dell’Isola said.

Dell’Isola said if you have questions, you can call 311.

The Guam Department of Labor will also be sending out announcements for further guidance.

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