The temporary unemployment benefit programs authorized under the CARES Act, as amended, are set to expire at midnight on September 4, 2021. These programs include Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC). These programs will expire even for claimants that show a benefit balance on their claim.
Claimants who are waiting for an eligibility determination for any of the federal programs and receive it after September 4, will be paid all funds they are eligible for up to the date the federal programs expire. These claimants should continue to file weekly through September 4.
Unemployment support for otherwise ineligible workers, including self-employed.View More
Additional weeks of benefits for regular unemployment exhaustees.View More
Additional benefits added to each week of regular unemployment or PUA.View More
MEUC provides a $100 weekly supplemental benefit amount to certain individuals with self-employment income.View More
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is a new temporary federal program that is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The PUA program is available retroactive to February 2, 2020 through September 4, 2021 and provides benefits to eligible individuals.
PUA is separate from unemployment insurance and provides coverage only to individuals who are not eligible for regular unemployment insurance.
PUA is available to Nevada workers who are unemployed, partially unemployed, unable to work or unavailable for work due to the COVID-19 pandemic and who are not eligible for unemployment insurance benefits. This includes many different groups of people:
To be eligible for PUA, your ability or availability to work must be affected by COVID-19. There are several different ways this could happen:
Eligibility for PUA requires that an individual be unemployed, partially unemployed, or unable or unavailable to work in Nevada due to COVID-19, and that you not be eligible for any other unemployment insurance benefits. For example, you are not eligible for PUA if:
At this time, the PUA system is taking initial applications for benefits. There will be a number of questions to help determine your eligibility for PUA, based on how you were affected by COVID-19, when you became unemployed, and what your attachment is to the Nevada labor market.
It is against Federal Law to file for and receive benefits for Unemployment Insurance (including Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) and State Extended Benefits (SEB)) at the same time as Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).
PLEASE NOTE: If you file for and receive benefits from both programs at the same time, you will be disqualified and liable for the overpayment. This may also constitute fraud which is a felony in Nevada.
DETR anticipates tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of applications being submitted; likely all at once. We will have staff trained and ready to start processing these applications. Each claim requires a review for each week of PUA eligibility and will take some time. The Division recommends checking the website and your PUA account for any current/updated changes. During the application process, you will have the option to choose between direct deposit, which will process more quickly, or you may choose to receive a new debit card which will not be sent until a benefit week is paid.
Documents which show your total income for the entire year such as tax documents are preferable, as these will allow a quicker review of your total earnings. Acceptable documentation you can provide may include but is not limited to:
Providing this documentation may increase your benefit amount based on a percentage of earnings. Documentation will need to be provided within the PUA application, documentation which has been sent to DETR through other means will not be transferred to PUA.
A work search is a good faith effort to find work and claimants are expected to use reasonable methods and conduct work search activities normal to their occupation. DETR has a number of programs and partners to help claimants with this process that includes training for a new high demand career, adult education and literacy programs, virtual support at Nevada JobConnect and in person support through Nevadaworks in Northern Nevada, and Workforce Connections in Southern Nevada.
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To meet the work search requirement, you will need to complete a mixture of activities, most days of the week. Think about doing something each day, Monday through Friday.
Be sure to document your work search effort. You can download and print a work search log here.
Documenting your work search includes printing confirmation emails, writing down the name, address, phone number and contact you spoke to when applying for a job. If you take a test for a potential job or participate in training, note those efforts as well.
The CARES Act provides for a temporary federal program called Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC). This program provides up to 13 weeks of regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) for eligible claimants whose claims have been exhausted (i.e., all eligible UI funds have been paid out). PEUC is payable effective March 29, 2020 through December 31, 2020. This program has been implemented effective May 10, 2020. As of March 11, 2021, an additional 25 weeks have been authorized to eligible claimants, through week ending September 4, 2021.
PUA is separate from unemployment insurance and provides coverage only to individuals who are not eligible for regular unemployment insurance.
The CARES Act provides for Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC). Under FPUC, eligible individuals will receive an additional compensation per week in addition to their weekly benefit amount from another unemployment compensation program.
FPUC is payable for weeks claimed beginning week ending April 4, 2020 through the week ending July 25, 2020. FPUC payments will automatically be paid to claimants who are eligible for Unemployment Compensation and will show as a separate payment at the same time as your regular unemployment compensation. This program has been implemented effective April 12, 2020. As of January 2, 2021, FPUC will be paid to eligible individuals, who will receive an additional $300 per week in addition to their weekly benefit amount from another unemployment compensation program. FPUC is payable for weeks ending January 2, 2021 through week ending September 4, 2021.
NOTE: The FPUC payments are not currently viewable on the claimant self-service (CSS) portal. In order to confirm you have received this $600/$300 weekly payment, please visit the Nevada Unemployment Insurance Debit Card site at https://www.goprogram.com.
On December 27, 2020, the President signed into law the Continued Assistance Act which amended section 2104 of the CARES Act of 2020 to create the Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) program.
To be eligible for MEUC you must:
Example: Your unemployment claim is effective 06/21/2020, you will need to provide proof of the self-employment net earnings for the taxable year 2019.
NOTE: Claimants receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) are not eligible for MEUC.
To determine MEUC eligibility, proof of self-employment net earnings in the amount of $5,000 must be provided to DETR. Acceptable documents include:
What weeks will MEUC be paid for?
For eligible claimants, MEUC is payable beginning the week ending January 2, 2021 through week ending September 04, 2021.
How will I receive the $100 MEUC payments?
If you are receiving Unemployment Insurance, PEUC, or SEB benefits, your MEUC payments will be paid via the Nevada Unemployment Insurance Debit Card. You may check your updated balance and transaction record anytime day or night, even weekends and holidays, by visiting http://www.goprogram.com.
Where do I see my MEUC payment on my UI.NV.gov Claimant Self Service (CSS) account?
MEUC payment information is not currently viewable on the Claimant Self Service (CSS) portal at UI.NV.gov. The Division is developing that functionality and will update this information when it is available.
How do I Apply for MEUC
To file for MEUC, you will need to log onto your Claimant Self Service (CSS) portal at UI.NV.gov.
Claimants can also apply by speaking to a representative of the call center. Northern UI Claims Call Center (775) 684-0350; Southern UI Call Center (702) 486- 0350; Rural areas and Out-of-State (888) 890-8211. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday.
How do I provide MEUC Supporting Documents?
You will be able to fax, mail, or upload supporting documentation. When uploading the documents, select "Upload Documents" navigational link to the left. You will need to select "MEUC Supporting Documents" for document name prior to completing the upload. Document that types that are acceptable for upload include: .doc, .docx, .docm, .xls, .xlsx, .txt, .pdf, .rtf, .snp, .msg, .tif, and .tiff.
When will I receive MEUC benefits?
Once the MEUC application is submitted, the normal adjudication process will follow. There is current back log and no specific time can be provided. Once the Adjudication Department determines the eligibility, a determination will be issued and can be viewed under “My Documents” via the Claimant Self Service portal at UI.NV.gov.
Will wages I earn affect my MEUC payment?
All wages must be reported on your weekly claim filing in the week they are earned. Any eligible week in which benefits are paid of at least $1 will receive the MEUC payment. If your reported wages are over your weekly benefit amount, you will not be eligible to receive MEUC payment for the week.
Is MEUC subject to Federal Income Tax?
Yes, MEUC is taxable income. If you have chosen to withhold Federal Income Tax from your unemployment insurance benefits, Federal Income Taxes will also be withheld from your MEUC payments. MEUC payments with taxes withheld will be reduced from $100 to $90.
This program provides unemployment insurance benefits support for otherwise ineligible workers, including self-employed. PUA is available retroactively from February 2, 2020 through December 26, 2020 and provides up to 39 weeks of benefits to qualifying individuals who do not qualify for regular unemployment insurance (UI), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) or State Extended Benefits (SEB) but are otherwise able to work and available for work except they are unemployed, partially unemployed, or unable or unavailable to work due to a COVID-19 related reason. Benefits are payable for weeks you were previously out of work, even if you have since returned to work.
This program provides an additional 13 weeks of regular unemployment insurance benefits for eligible claimants whose claims have been exhausted (i.e., all eligible unemployment insurance funds have been paid out).
This program provides an additional $600 to each week of regular unemployment insurance benefits or to the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program weekly insurance benefits (PUA) for otherwise ineligible workers (see next paragraph for further details). FPUC benefits to eligible claimants will be paid for the period starting the week ending April 4, 2020 thru the week ending July 25, 2020 for a total potential of 17 weeks, based on each claimants’ eligibility.
The work search requirement relaxed during the pandemic expires May 1, 2021. Claimants should be aware that the work search requirement is back in full force starting on May 2nd requiring all claimants to fulfill the job search requirements in order to keep receiving benefits.
Claimants will not be required to register for employment services in-person at Nevada JobConnect Offices or any other local employment offices within their area until these offices have reopened. Currently, claimants can log into EmployNV.gov and search for work. Anyone receiving unemployment benefits (regular UI or PUA) has an existing registration in EmployNV, so there is no need to create a new account. Once logged in, there are jobs to search through, labor market information, a resume builder and information about training opportunities.
Out of state claimants will also be required to register for employment services in their state until further notice. (NRS 612.375, NAC 612.170)
For more information about conducting work search in UI see here
For more information about conducting a work search in PUA see here
The 7-day waiting period (i.e., the waiting period of time between applying for and receiving unemployment insurance benefits) previously suspended is now active effective August 8, 2020. Claimants may see an increase in time before they receive payments after their initial application for benefits if filing a claim on or after August 8, 2020.
Claims with a Deductible Income issue will not be paid for a one-week period beginning the effective date of the claim. Issues will still be adjudicated and adjusted accordingly, including any FPUC payments that the claimant may be entitled to, and payments will be paid starting the second week of the claim, if all other eligibility requirements are met. This action affects deductible income issues including separation pay issues such as vacation pay, severance pay, wages in lieu and paid vacation. This action does not apply to pension pay issues as these issues do not fall within the separation pay category.
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