FEMA approves $300 a week wage assistance in Pennsylvania

FEMA approves $300 a week wage assistance in Pennsylvania

Workers who are eligible for the aid will receive an additional $300 a week, on top of their current unemployment benefits, which was approved to help cover workers following the end of the CARES Act, which had been available from March through July. The program will be retroactive to the beginning of August, a Department of Labor spokesperson said.

Unemployed New Yorkers will get $300 extra a week under the Lost Wages Assistance program.

On Saturday, the state's Employment Development Department (EDD) announced the federal government approved its application for the Lost Wages Assistance program.

Others that qualify include those who can provide a self-certification that they are unemployed or partially unemployed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The program, which is run through FEMA, will release funds to the DOL to use for purposes of wage replacement.

Funding comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

"A lot of it has to do with the funding from a separate funding source", said Susan Dickinson, director of policy and benefits and unemployment compensation. The $300 payments will likely last for five or six weeks, will pay those who are eligible only half as much as before and make 30,000 Pennsylvanians ineligible to continue receiving an additional weekly benefit.

Additional funds will be available for a limited period of time, a minimum of three weeks. "We will do everything in our power to effectively implement this new program upon approval of our application, and we remain hopeful that Congress and the White House will reach a consensus on a longer-term solution that will assist more Nevadans during this hard time" said DETR Acting Director Elisa Cafferata. Federal guidance prohibits states from tapping into their unemployment insurance administrative funds or trust fund to administer the program.

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