DES was informed by FEMA that LWA will end this week (benefit week ending September 5). DES has requested and received its weekly allocation for this last week. Starting next week, for the benefit week ending September 12, eligible claimants will receive their weekly benefit amount without LWA. Those who have not yet filed weekly claims or whose claims have yet to be processed may still be eligible for LWA. DES will continue to work with FEMA to provide retroactive LWA payments for eligible weeks between the week ending August 1 and the week ending September 5, as funding allows. Learn more: https://bit.ly/2RjJyvM
Federal guidelines state that claimants cannot receive benefits in both Canada and the U.S. As the pandemic continues and with more unique circumstances among claimants, this question must be answered when individuals file their regular UI claim each week. The question has been revised and starting next week, will now state: “Are you currently receiving unemployment benefits from Canada?” If this change affected your payment, DES will amend your answer in order to process your weekly claim this week. If this was the only issue on your claim, you should see resolution and payment soon. You do not need to contact DES to resolve this issue. PUA claimants are NOT affected.
UPDATE: As part of its increased fraud detection efforts, DES closed accounts with suspicious account information and activity located out of state. The majority of claims identified are believed to be fraudulent. Whenever additional fraud detection and prevention measures are put into place, there will be a small portion of individuals eligible for benefits who may be impacted by these measures. These individuals will still be able to access benefits. Impacted cardholders who believe they are eligible for benefits should contact DES directly at [email protected]. Once a case is validated as not being fraudulent, a new card will be issued to the claimant and the funds will be reloaded.