PUA batching will be delayed by Independence Day holiday

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The scheduled batching of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and other federal
aid for next week will be pushed back one day due to the July Fourth Holiday and Guam’s time zone difference, the Guam Department of Labor announced.

PUA claimants should expect a delay in their direct deposits and checks.

Guam Department of Labor’s regular batch day falls on the observance day of the Fourth of July in the continental United States. Instead of Tuesday, Chamorro Standard Time, the software vendor will run the batch Wednesday night.

The agency also reminds claimants there is a time frame in getting unemployment assistance delivered electronically and checks mailed out. After each batch is run, GDOL is required to reconcile and audit for fraud, as well as deductions accuracy.

“It’s similar to making a deposit at the bank which can take one to five business days to clear. There are a lot of moving parts when we batch which can cause small issues that need to be addressed. It can take a day or two to ensure the batch is clean. After that is when we request the drawdown of funds from the US Department of Labor, which can take a few more business days. The payments are not immediate and a payment window should be expected,” said Labor Director David Dell’Isola.

“If there is a major problem with a batch, I would let the island know,” Dell’Isola added.

(GDOL Release)

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