Reduced hour workers can now apply for PUA

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Workers with reduced hours can now apply online for PUA.

Reduced-hour workers got good news last week when Guam Department of Labor Director Dave Dell’Isola announced that they now qualify for PUA.

On Tuesday morning, Dell’Isola told Newstalk K57’s Patti Arroyo that they can now apply online at the Hire Guam website.

Dell’Isola did say that although reduced-hour workers can apply, not all features of the Hire Guam website have been updated to reflect the change.

A red banner at the top of the website leads to a PDF with instructions on how to file.

Those who filed during the original PUA program can expect to receive benefits going as far back as they still have outstanding weeks where they worked reduced hours.

Those who filed a new claim after December 27th will only be able to receive PUA going back to December 1st.

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“We’ve been working feverishly to make sure that the system is all up and working well, and is going to be able to accept the claimants. So that’s going well. We’re working on the next week or so, you’ll see some new verbiage going up, but in the meanwhile, people can go in and start filing for their reduced hours,” Dell’Isola said.

Dell’Isola also announced that the Department of Labor batched unemployment benefits today.

Initial numbers show that the department batched a total of $18.3 million.

Of that amount, $9.5 million is PUA, $8.7 million is FPUC, and $77,000 is LWA.

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