By Subrina Hudson Las Vegas Review-Journal
Waiting is the hardest part for Las Vegan Daniel Dettore.
The restaurant worker said he’s lucky to be receiving unemployment insurance benefits while others are facing delays, but he’s anxious for the additional $600 a week promised to claimants through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. “To put it plain and simple, I need it to pay my bills — rent, car payment, car insurance, cellphone and utilities,” Dettore said. “I’ll be lucky to have money left over.” States like New York and Missouri said eligible residents should see the additional $600 in up to two weeks, but Nevada is one of a handful of states yet to announce when it will make the extra money available.
One silver lining is claimants will be able to receive retroactive payments from as early as March 28 with payments ending by July 31, with slight variations by state for the four-month program.
The money is taxable and can be a weekly payment or combined with an existing claim as one weekly payment, according to the Department of Labor’s guidelines.
Dettore said he feels bittersweet about receiving back pay for the additional $600.
Working it out
The Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation said last week it was waiting on federal guidelines on implementing the CARES Act, which is causing the delay for people to claim their benefits related to the relief package.
The Department of Labor issued its guidance to states over the weekend with the financial, operating and reporting instructions it must follow because the provisions — like the extra $600 a week — are 100 percent federally funded.
Employment Department spokeswoman Rosa Mendez said since the department has received the guidelines, it’s creating a system for offering the expanded unemployment benefits. “We’re developing potential solutions for the system to see how it can be incorporated and how we can actually implement that provision,” she said.
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