August 24, 2020
California’s Employment Development Department’s (EDD) application for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program funding was approved. That means the state will receive an initial amount of $4.5 billion, with the possibility of additional funding going forward.
The LWA supplemental payment of $300 per week will be available for a limited period of time, a minimum of three weeks, for claimants who are:
1. currently eligible to receive at least $100 per week in benefits, and
2. who have provided a self-certification that they are unemployed or partially unemployed due to disruptions caused by COVID-19.
The supplement is retroactive to Aug. 1. EDD and Cal OES jointly filed the grant application last week.
The White House authorized the program on Aug. 8 when U.S. legislators were not able to come up with new funding to replace the coronavirus relief plan that expired at the end of July. That initial program provided an extra $600 per week in unemployment benefits on top of regular unemployment benefits. FEMA, which is administering the LWA program, has approved 13 states so far for the additional $300 supplemental benefits.
For comments, questions or concerns, please contact Dennis Kaiser