The Guam Department of Labor is working on a plan to waive the requirement to pay back Pandemic Unemployment Assistance overpayments.
During Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero’s address to the Guam Chamber of Commerce, a question on this matter was asked.
GDOL director David Dell’Isola answered that the waiver of the overpayment requirement is something that is new and allowed under the Continuous Assistance Act, the new law passed last month that extended PUA payments.
However, Dell’Isola said the waiver has to be very carefully implemented as there are very strict federal rules on its implementation.
According to Dell’Isola, the program authorizes the waiver of overpayments on two conditions. One is that there is no fault on the claimant’s part and the second is that any payback by the claimant would be contrary to equity and good conscience.
“And there are specific criteria to those two eligibility requirements for a waiver and it’s something that I do have the ability to do and would like to do, but I want to make sure that I do it correctly so that the U.S. Department of Labor doesn’t see that we are abusing,” Dell’Isola said.
He added: “So I am writing an implementation plan for something like that and making sure that we go into Hawaii state law on that waiver possibility before I implement something like that. But yes, it’s being looked at.”