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Lost Wages Assistance (Unemployment Benefits)


​On August 8, 2020, President Donald Trump issued a presidential memorandum that addresses the need for additional assistance for workers who have lost wages due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

On August 12, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued Unemployment Insurance Program Letter No. 27-20 providing clarification for the states with regard to the unemployment portion of the memorandum, and provided a name for the temporary unemployment insurance benefits: "Lost Wages Assistance" (LWA). Program Letter 27-20 answers many questions raised by the individual states regarding the memorandum. The DOL program letter provides the clarification to states regarding the new wage assistance program.

Claimants in most unemployment insurance (UI) programs are eligible for up to $400 per week in additional benefits, starting "with weeks of unemployment ending on or after August 1, 2020," and ending December 27, 2020, at the latest. Once the allocated funds are exhausted, the LWA program will end. LWA benefits will be administered by states and territories through a grant agreement with FEMA and with support from the DOL.

Read the rest of the article:
States Respond to the Additional Assistance for Unemployed Persons
Ogletree | Sep 2020

Lost Wages Assistance Program Pays up to $1,800 in Extra Benefits to Workers Who Qualify
CNBC | Sep 2020

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