What is Lost Wages Assistance (LWA)?
Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) is a federal program providing supplemental benefits to Americans who are unemployed or partially unemployed due to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding for LWA benefits comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Disaster Relief Fund.
How much will LWA benefit pay, and for how long?
Lost Wages Assistance benefits provide Nebraskans with an additional $300 weekly benefit payment. Nebraska received federal approval to pay six weeks of benefits, covering the weeks beginning July 26 and ending September 5.
Who is eligible to receive LWA benefits?
To receive LWA benefits, claimants must be eligible for a weekly benefit amount of at least $100 before taxes. This includes claimants receiving benefits from any of the following programs:
- Regular unemployment insurance (UI)
- Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
- Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
- State Extended Benefits (EB)
- Short-Time Compensation (STC)
Some claimants also need to certify that their unemployment or partial unemployment is due to the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. PUA claimants have already made this certification and do not need to do so again.
What do I need to do in order to receive my LWA benefits?
PUA claimants do not need to complete an LWA certification. For everyone else, completing the required one-time certification for LWA benefits is quick and easy.
NDOL issued instructions in NEworks.nebraska.gov for eligible individuals who need to answer questions to certify their eligibility. Individuals who have not completed their certification should do so as soon as possible to expedite payment,
Once the LWA certification is completed, no other action is required to receive LWA payments.
How and when will LWA benefits be paid?LWA benefits will be paid separately from your normal unemployment benefits, and may take several days to process. Payments are being issued for all weeks of the program to individuals who have certified their eligibility through the self-certification function in NEworks or earlier in their unemployment claim.