The Secretary of the Department of Labor and Human Resources, Carlos J. Rivera Santiago, informed that all those claimants for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) may continue to make their claims as usual, by extending their weekly benefits, this is in addition to the compensation of $ 300 they will be receiving for 11 weeks.
“PUA claimants can access our platform and start claiming their benefit. The weekly compensation will also include the $ 300 for 11 weeks approved at the end of December, ”said Rivera Santiago.
“Certainly this will bring economic relief for all the self-employed who receive this benefit, which will culminate in the coming months, according to the federal government. The first week of additional benefits that they could claim is January 2, 2021 and the last week of the extension of this compensation will be March 13, 2021. In the event that the claimant still has benefits available, they could continue claiming until the week ending April 10, 2021 ”, explained the head of the agency.
On the other hand, the Secretary of Labor added that a group of claimants who have carried out the process and kept their direct deposit registered, will see the payment that so far amounts to about $ 10 million already disbursed reflected in their bank accounts.
In the case of the claimants who receive compensation for Unemployment Insurance, the holder of the Work, assured that they work at full steam in conjunction with the contractor in charge of the system dating from 1988 so that the programming of the new economic package is available .
“We are working on updating the system. We hope to make the announcement soon so that Unemployment claimants benefit from these compensations as well as PUA claimants ”, he concluded.