Occasionally, benefits are improperly paid. Overpayments may occur for a variety of reasons that may include, but are not limited to, claimant error, appeal reversals, fraud, failure to report earnings or income, or Division errors. All overpaid benefits must be repaid to the Division. If you are not at fault for creation of the overpayment, the Division may withhold your weekly benefit entitlement and apply that amount to repay the overpayment. You may be eligible for a reduced weekly withholding. Contact the Benefit Payment Control Collections office at (775) 684-0475 to discuss your eligibility for this option.
The CARES Act and American Rescue Plan (ARP)
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA):
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA): PUA is a temporary federal program called Pandemic Unemployment Assistance that is part of the CARES Act. PUA was originally available February 2, 2020 through December 26, 2020, then extended to March 14, 2021 and as of recently extended through the American Rescue Plan (ARP) through September 6, 2021 under the Biden and Harris administration on March 11, 2021. PUA provides up to 79 weeks of benefits to qualifying individuals who do not have regular UI, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) or State Extended Benefits (SEB) eligibility, and are otherwise able to work and available for work within the meaning of applicable state UI law, except they are unemployed, partially employed, or unable or unavailable to work due to a COVID-19 related reason. For more information on who would be potentially eligible for PUA, please view the graphic below and visit https://cms.detr.nv.gov/Content/Media/PUA_FAQs-1.0.pdf.
Status: The new system for PUA is now available and accepting applications. Please visit employnv.gov for more information on these benefits and how to apply. Payments are now being issued and the adjudication center for PUA claims is now open.
The new filing system will be independent of the traditional Unemployment Insurance (UI) system and will facilitate a streamlined method for the public to file for PUA benefits. Claimants will have a dedicated call center for all PUA related questions with the phone number: 1-800-603-9681.
The PUA call center will no longer be available on Saturdays after May 22, 2021.
Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC):
53 total weeks of benefits for those who have exhausted their unemployment insurance benefits.
Status: As of May 10, 2020. The Division has implemented the PEUC program.
Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC):
An additional $300 added to each week of unemployment insurance or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.
Status: FPUC payments expired the week ending September 6, 2021.
Double Dip Issues
The Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) is providing information about next steps to claimants who filed for Unemployment Insurance at the beginning of the pandemic and are coming to the end of their benefit year.
According to federal rules, a regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim expires after one year. For example, many regular UI claims had a Benefit Year Begin (BYB) date of 3/15/2020, meaning they will have a Benefit Year End (BYE) date of 3/13/2021. Once claimants in the UI program get to their Benefit Year End, they are required to file a new UI claim to have their eligibility re-determined.
This does not apply to Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claims. View full press release on Double Dip Issues here.
PUA system updates require claimants to take extra steps when filing: Includes identity verification.
CARSON CITY, NV – The Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) announced that starting today that recent Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) system updates will require PUA claimants to take a few extra steps when they a file a new claim or they file a continued weekly claim including verifying their identity. Federal law requires that states verify identity to protect legitimate claimants. PUA claimants can verify their identity online through ID.me and should follow directions as noted through an email message and/or link provided through their claimant account. Claimants should not verify identity unless instructed to do so. Individuals needing assistance with filing should contact the PUA claim center at 1-800-603-9681, Monday through Friday. Callers are encouraged to call Wednesday through Friday after 10 a.m., as Mondays and Tuesdays are the call centers’ busiest days of the week. View full press release on ID.ME Issues here.