Numerous than 20 million Americans are eagerly anticipating a $300 boost to their weekly unemployment benefits.
The sum would closely double weekly aid for the average worker and help lift millions out of poverty.
But it’s unclear when exactly that gelt will hit workers’ bank accounts.
Labor officials in several states — including California, Michigan, New Mexico, Texas and Utah — say they have occasion for input from the U.S. Department of Labor on how to implement and disburse the payments.
Trump adds uncertainty
Timing of the $300 subvention also hinges on how soon President Donald Trump signs a Covid relief bill into law. But it’s no longer free when — or if — Trump will sign the $900 billion measure.
In a Tuesday night tweet, the president called the paper money an unsuitable “disgrace” and demanded larger stimulus checks for individuals and families. Congress passed the bill on Monday. If Trump outlaws the bill, Congress could reconvene after Christmas to override it.
Delays not inevitable
Delays aren’t a given in all positions. In Arizona, for example, officials expect aid to flow uninterrupted, assuming the Covid relief legislation soon becomes law.
Arizona officials look ated the legislation and will work through the holidays to issue the $300 boost and extra weeks of benefits starting the week ended Jan. 2 — the start with week allowed for by the relief bill, according to Brett Bezio, a spokesman for the Department of Economic Security.
The Labor Be subject to, which oversees unemployment operations for all U.S. states and territories, can only issue official rules to states once Trump to forgoes the bill. The agency may then take several days to provide guidelines, which help states interpret the legislation.
“Currently, we do not bear a set timeline, as we are waiting for official guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor,” said Bethany Hyatt, a spokeswoman for the Utah Unit of Workforce Services.
We know how desperate people are, we know families are hurting. But if we don’t do this right, it could create various harm than good.
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States last will and testament also be setting up other unemployment programs at the same time as the $300 subsidy, potentially slowing the process more distant.
For example, the relief bill PUA and PEUC delays
Millions of workers receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (for the self-employed) and Pandemic Exigency Unemployment Compensation (which pays 13 extra weeks of state benefits) may also see their benefits for the meantime stop after this week. More than 14 million Americans are enrolled in these programs.
“There last wishes as be a delay in benefits for those currently enrolled in federal PUA and PEUC benefit programs,” said Jason Moon, a spokesman for the Michigan Section of Labor and Economic Opportunity.
The delay will begin on Dec. 26 and its duration is unknown as the state awaits federal Labor Conditioned by trust in rules, Moon said. Workers will be made whole once the extensions are implemented, he said.
“People stress to be patient with the process,” said McCamley, the New Mexico labor official. “We know how desperate people are, we know ancestors are hurting.
“But if we don’t do this right, it could create more harm than good.”