The Lost Wages Assistance Program
August 28th, 2020 –
The Congressional enactment of the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (“PEUC”) Program earlier this year provided employees who qualified for pandemic related unemployment benefits to receive an additional federally funded $600 weekly unemployment benefit over and above regular unemployment benefits. This weekly benefit ended on July 31, 2020, when Congress failed to reach an agreement extending this benefit.
On August 26, 2020, Governor DeSantis announced that Florida would participate in the Lost Wages Assistance Program “LWA” Program. Pending federal approval, this will allow Florida to offer an additional $300 per week to eligible Reemployment Assistance claimants. To be eligible for this benefit, claimants must be currently receiving at least $100 in an approved Reemployment Assistance program weekly benefit amount and must certify that they are unemployed or partially unemployed due to the disruptions caused by COVID-19. Pending approval of Florida’s application, payments will be retroactive to August 1, 2020.
The LWA Program does not impact your business directly, but it is information to share with employees/former employees should they inquire.
As always, we will keep you informed of any updates.