DETR held virtual conference to explain extension of unemployment benefits with temporary federal programs

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — DETR held a virtual news conference on May 14 at 4 p.m. regarding the launch of Nevada’s Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) filing system and will hold another conference tomorrow, May 15 to answer more of the public’s questions.

DETR announced it has implemented the federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation extension of benefits and people will be able to file for these benefits on May 16, 2020.

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 December 26, 2020 and provides up to 39 weeks of benefits to eligible individuals.

DETR expects to make payments on those claims sometime on or about May 23, 2020.

Claimants are asked to have all documentation ready to file for PUA only beginning Saturday, May 16th. They will be able to upload these documents online and to the claim.

Beginning Saturday, May 16 eligible Nevadans can file claims at the website The website will be active on that date and not before, DETR announced.

For more information on this unemployment assistance program, people are encouraged to visit the website.

Effective on May 16 there will be a dedicated call center to address Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PUA). Claimants can contact the center at 1-800-603-9681 as of May 16th.

Who is Eligible for PUA?

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:

  • Self-employed
  • 1099 contract workers
  • Gig workers
  • Employees whose wages are not reported for unemployment insurance
  • Employees who have not earned enough wages or worked enough hours for regular unemployment benefits
  • Individuals who were going to start work but could not due to COVID-19 pandemic

Who is not eligible for PUA?

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:

  • If you are eligible for a regular UI claim, PEUC or SEB
  • If you are able to work remotely without reduced pay
  • If you are receiving paid sick leave or other leave benefits
  • If you are unemployed, but not due to COVID-19
  • If you were not working in Nevada at the time you became unemployed due to COVID-19 and do not have a bona fide job offer to work in Nevada that you were unable to start due to COVID-19



Nevadans who have exhausted their regular unemployment insurance benefits will get an additional 13 weeks, according to the Nevada Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation (DETR).

According to a news release, DETR has implemented the federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation to extend benefits (PEUS). PEUC, a temporary program, will be payable back to the week ending April 4, 2020, and will end the week ending Dec. 26, 2020.

“We have been working incessantly in order to provide PEUC and the other CARES Act provisions to Nevadans, and we continue to look at ways to improve our system to meet the ongoing demand,” said DETR director, Heather Korbulic.  “We know this additional federal benefit will assist hard-working Nevadans who have lost their jobs, which is why we continue to work tirelessly to address the state’s unemployment benefit needs.”                                                                    

To be eligible for PEUC, claimants must:

  • Have received all of their regular UI benefit payments, with no ability to receive further regular UI benefits either because the benefit year has ended or because the claimant has been paid their full benefit amount;
  • Have had a recent period of UI eligibility (a “benefit year”), which ended after July 1, 2019;
  • Have no eligibility to establish a new benefit year.

If deemed eligible to file PEUC, claimants will receive the same weekly benefit amount as their regular UI claim. In addition to the weekly PEUC benefit amount, claimants will also receive the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation as a weekly $600 payment for weeks filed between April 4, 2020 through  July 25,2020.

According to the news release, claimants will notified by mail of potential benefits for the extended pay. Claimants will need to login to their unemployment account at The PEUC filing process steps will differ depending of the status of the person’s regular UI claim. Claimants are encouraged to view the PEUC Frequently Asked Questions on for more instructions on how to file for their PEUC claim.

DETR reminds filers to avoid the peak hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and file in the later evening or early morning.

DETR encourages filing online but if a claimant wishes to file over the telephone, claimants must contact the UI call centers from  8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at:  (775) 684-0350,  (702) 486-0350 or  (888) 890-8211 (for rural areas and out-of-state). There are high wait times. If a filer reaches and automated response, they should select number 4 for the extended benefits.

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