Pennsylvania has been approved to pay an extra $300/week in disaster-assistance benefits as part of the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) Program from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA).
Only individuals who are unemployed due to COVID-19 disruptions may apply for this benefit.
LWA Payments are available for claim weeks ending:
· August 1, 2020
· August 8, 2020
· August 15, 2020
· August 22, 2020
· August 29, 2020
The LWA program runs through December 2020, but funds are not necessarily available through the end of the program. FEMA approves Pennsylvania’s benefits one week at a time, and the program will end when the disaster funding is no longer available. Pennsylvania will make public announcements when the final payment date is known. Visit our Lost Wages Assistance page for the latest news about the LWA program
LWA Program Eligibility
- You must be fully or partially unemployed due to COVID-19, and
- You must have a weekly benefit rate (+ dependent allowance, if applicable) totaling $100 or more, and
- You must receive a payment each week from one of the qualifying programs:
- Unemployment Compensation
- Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation
- Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
- State Extended Benefits
- Trade Readjustment Allowances
PUA: You will not apply. You already certified that you are unemployed due to COVID-19. Payments will be made to you automatically.
UC, PEUC, EB, TRA*: You must apply to receive LWA. You will certify ONE TIME that your unemployment is due to COVID-19. Online: Starting Sunday, Sept. 6, visit www.uc.pa.gov/cert. Log in as if filing your biweekly claim, using your PIN. Select the “Complete LWA Certification” button and fill out the certification. No internet: Complete the LWA certification on page 2 of this notice and mail it to Labor & Industry.
Shared-Work: You will not apply. An employer in a Shared-Work program must provide the required certification on behalf of all participating employees in the program.
*Complete your certification as soon as possible as funds are limited and not guaranteed.