Q&A about Lost Wages Assistance (LWA)
What is the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program?
The Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program provides an additional $300 per week in benefits to anyone who has been unemployed since 8/1/2020 who is getting at least $100 in unemployment benefits (counting the $15 per dependent dependency allowance) under any unemployment benefit program. The worker must self-certify that they are unemployed or partially unemployed due to disruptions caused by COVID-19.
When will LWA start and how long will it last?
The Connecticut Department of Labor estimates that it will begin to pay LWA benefits on 9/15/2020.
The LWA benefit is funded by FEMA and is available until the money runs out. The first allotment is for 3 weeks, and then on a week-by-week basis.
Who can get LWA?
All workers who are eligible for $100 or more in unemployment benefits from any source can get LWA. This means that everyone who is getting Pandemic Unemployment (PUA) Assistance or regular state unemployment is eligible. Workers whose weekly benefit amount (WBA) drops below $100 due to partial earnings after the first week of LWA eligibility will remain eligible.
Will everyone who is eligible for LWA get $300 per week?
Yes. It is a flat amount and is not prorated if you are getting partial UI benefits.
How do I apply for LWA?
The Connecticut Department of Labor will notify you if you are eligible to apply for LWA. You will need to certify that you are not working due to disruptions caused by COVID-19.
When does the LWA benefit start and end?
You can get LWA while you are getting unemployment benefits from 8/1/2020 until 12/26/2020 or until the FEMA money is used up. Current estimates are that the money may be used up a month after payments begin.
Is this program retroactive?
It is retroactive to 8/1/2020, but only if funds from FEMA are still available.
The LWA program will terminate immediately if other legislation (e.g., FPUC extension) is enacted by Congress.