On September 1, FEMA approved the state for the Lost Wage Assistance (LWA) program. That would provide $ 300 in federal wage benefits.
COLUMBIA, SC – The South Carolina Department of Employment and Labor (SCDEW) is working on implementing the lost pay assistance program that will provide additional benefits to those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
On September 1, FEMA approved the state for the Lost Wage Assistance (LWA) program. This would provide $ 300 in federal wage benefits to help people who are unemployed and struggling while the pandemic continues.
The South Carolina LWA will provide $ 300, in addition to the weekly benefit amount of an unemployed claimant. For each week, an eligible applicant receives at least $ 100 in state or federal unemployment benefits;
A person could get $ 900 in three weeks. This includes the $ 300 per week and your usual weekly program benefit.
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In order for someone to be eligible for benefits, SCDEW says people must be eligible to receive at least $ 100 in their weekly amounts of benefits from a state or federal program. People should also indicate that there has been a work interruption due to the coronavirus. People must continue to complete the mandatory claim certification each week of unemployment.
Whether or not someone will continue to receive benefits after the already approved three-week period depends on whether there is money left.
News19 received several messages and calls from viewers asking them when the LWA would begin.
SCDEW tells WLTX that they are currently working on implementing the new federal program on their system.
To date, the state has approved LWA assistance for claim weeks, including August 1, August 8, and 15.
SCDEW has asked FEMA for “approval of additional funding for weeks 4, 5, and 6”.
Heather Biance, SCDEW media relations specialist, said this about the timing of when people will start to see the benefits:
“As we said when it was approved by FEMA, it will take a few weeks to implement this new federal program into our system. As with all federal programs we have implemented under the CARES Act, the system needs to be set up and tested to ensure accuracy and compliance with FEMA and DOL standards “.
The department said they continue to provide updates on LWA support through the MyBenefits portal, texts, emails, social media and their website.
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