Right here’s how the patchwork implementation of Trump’s “Lost Wages Assistance” program is affecting employees:
Some employees are already getting paid.
To this point at the least 42 states have utilized to the federal authorities for the cash and 32 have been accepted. The funds come from a $44 billion pool of catastrophe aid help that’s doled out by the Federal Emergency Administration Company. However solely 4 states say they’ll be paying out the advantages by this week.
Unemployed employees in Arizona began getting advantages on Aug. 17, simply two days after FEMA accepted the state’s software to this system. And laid-off Texans have been issued their first checks with the additional $300 on Sunday. Since that point Texans have obtained $424 million in advantages from the Misplaced Wages Help program, in accordance with the Texas Workforce Fee.
Nonetheless, not everybody’s getting the cash in these states. Trump’s order stipulated that employees should obtain at the least $100 per week in advantages to be eligible for the additional funds. That rule excludes 347,700 Texans from this system, the fee mentioned.
Missouri and Louisiana additionally say they’re anticipating to begin sending out checks this week.
Some might want to wait at the least a number of weeks — or longer.
States together with Alaska, Maine, Georgia and Mississippi say they’re reconfiguring their pc techniques to deal with the brand new funds, a course of that may take wherever from a few weeks to greater than a month, relying on every state’s capability to program often-outdated techniques which have already been strained by historic ranges of unemployment.
Different states, like Alabama, are nonetheless ready for the cash to return by means of from FEMA earlier than they begin sending out checks.
Utah, Rhode Island, Kentucky and Connecticut are hoping to begin paying out the cash by mid-September. California says it’ll begin shelling out the profit someday subsequent month. Colorado, Indiana, Maryland and Oklahoma are aiming to start sending checks towards the top of September.
Alaskans might be ready into October. The state was accepted to take part within the new program on Aug. 23, however eligible Alaskans should wait six to eight weeks, Cathy Muñoz, deputy commissioner of the state’s Division of Labor and Workforce Improvement advised POLITICO.
Pennsylvania, Tennessee, North Carolina, New York, Montana, Iowa, New Mexico, Idaho, Washington and Michigan have all utilized for the advantages, however haven’t launched dates once they anticipate to start sending out the checks.