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WorkForce West Virginia preparing to act fast on unemployment benefits

By Suzanne Elliott, The Dominion Post

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — WorkForce West Virginia is awaiting word from the U.S. Department of Labor on extension of unemployment benefits signed into law by President Trump Sunday.

“While we wait on additional federal guidance, I have directed WorkForce West Virginia to be prepared to respond as quickly as possible and deliver this much-needed relief to eligible West Virginians,” said Gov. Jim Justice in a press release.

The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation extension will provide up to 11 weeks of an additional $300 in weekly benefits. People who receive the additional $300 must already be receiving unemployment benefits. The extension covers the weeks of Dec. 27, 2020, through March 13, 2021.

The extension also includes the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program. PUA includes the 11 weeks of additional benefits up to 50 weeks and is geared toward people who are self-employed, or independent contractors. Weekly certification is required and documentation of eligibility will be required after Jan. 31, 2021…

To read more: https://www.dominionpost.com/2021/01/01/workforce-wv-preparing-to-act-fast-on-unemployment-benefits/

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