After a successful first batch of the Lost Wages Assistance program, Guam Department of Labor is directing extra efforts toward getting the rest of the unemployment aid paid out
by the new year.
The public has been calling our Pandemic Unemployment Assistance center to inquire about applying for or qualifying for the benefit.
Below the Department addresses some of the common concerns, but also reminds the public that the quickest way to find out if you qualify is to log in to your hireguam.com
claim, and also to ensure your PUA application is up to date. You do not need to call the hotline.
Here’s how you know if you are eligible for the LWA.
The LWA is a six-week program instituted by President Donald Trump as a supplement to regular unemployment or PUA. The federal benefit amount is $300 a week. To be eligible you must have made at least $100 in PUA before taxes during any of these six weeks.
Claimants may qualify for just one week or up to all six, depending on whether they received PUA that week and if it was $100 or more.
The weeks covered are:
- July 27 – Aug. 1;
- Aug. 2 – Aug. 8;
- Aug. 9 – Aug. 15;
- Aug. 16 – Aug. 22;
- Aug. 23 – Aug. 29; and
- Aug. 30 – Sept. 5.
You do not need to call the PUA center to find out if you received PUA during the weeks covered. Instead, log in to your hireguam.com application. There you will see what weeks you qualified for the PUA benefit, and how much you qualified for. That will tell you if you are eligible for LWA.
There is no separate application for LWA.
“After you check your claim to see what you got paid and what weeks you got paid, the next thing to do is just make sure your latest documents are uploaded. I can’t stress this enough. Missing documents is one of the biggest setbacks for those waiting to receive the extra Lost Wages Assistance,” said Department of Labor Director David Dell’Isola. “If you went back to work and you were re-furloughed, laid off or had a reduction in hours, make sure your most recent employee separation letter and check stubs are attached to your claim so we can verify your eligibility.”
The initial round of $4.7 million covered about 4,000 claims. The second batch to run on Dec. 8 is projected to be larger now that the Department has made sure the LWA module on the hireguam.com system works correctly.
Update your applications if you had any employment changes in order to be included in the next batch. If you have no changes, ensure you have filed your weekly claims.
For more information, please see our attached infographic and FAQ. For more information on the unemployment assistance programs go to dol.guam.gov. For login issues, email
email@example.com. For claim or weekly certification issues, email firstname.lastname@example.org.