DLIR issues $3.3B in benefits, launches lost wages aidPosted on Sep 29, 2020 in Capitol Connection, Featured
The state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations continues to make progress to resolve unemployment claims and has implemented a new system for those who lost jobs because of COVID-19. To provide several weeks of additional benefits for those hit by the pandemic, the department has set up a self-certification system for payments through the Lost Wages Assistance program (LWA), retroactive to Aug. 1, 2020. The program will pay $300 for six weeks of benefits to all eligible claimants who receive at least $100 per week in unemployment insurance benefits.
“This will bring some relief to many who are still unemployed due to COVID-19,” said the governor. “We’re trying to maximize all available federal funds to help those who are struggling.” DLIR also reports it has issued more than $3 billion in UI benefits since March 1.
Regular UI/PEUC claimants are required to sign into their accounts on the unemployment insurance portal and answer a pop-up page that allows them to self-certify that they were partially or wholly unemployed due to COVID-19. If you are a PUA claimant, you have already certified that your unemployment was due to the pandemic. For more details, go to http://labor.hawaii.gov/ui/main/faq-lost-wages-assistance-lwa/.