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jail Unemployment insurance fraud is a crime in Nevada. Fraud is defined as making any false statement relating to a claim for benefits, deliberately withholding information to obtain benefits, failing to report all work and income during a week for which benefits is claimed, filing an unemployment claim while incarcerated or allowing another person to file a claim on your behalf while incarcerated and not disclosing the fact of being incarcerated, or using a name and/or Social Security Number other than your own to file a claim for benefits. If you are found to have committed fraud, you WILL be disqualified until all money is repaid, plus any penalties and interest. You may even be prosecuted for felony theft.
  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.
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Digging deeper into Nevada unemployment's dilemmas

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — 'Help wanted' signs seem to be everywhere in Las Vegas.

The pandemic not only changed lives, but it also changed perspectives for many.

"What's different about COVID is that it really has made some changes to the workforce overall," said DETR Director Elisa Cafferata. "We know folks are not coming back to work because they have childcare responsibilities or family care responsibilities. A percentage of folks have decided to go ahead and retire."

People still collecting unemployment must prove they're actively looking for work, but in some cases, that doesn't seem to be helping.

"Is there a stopgap or some kind of a check and balance mechanism to make sure that people are actually following through?" asked 13 Chief Investigator Darcy Spears.

"There's no tracking mechanism for interviews but if they get a legitimate job offer and they refuse to take that and the employer lets us know, then they potentially could lose their eligibility for benefits," Cafferata explained.

That legitimate job offer must fit their skills and be at a pay level they've had before. Cafferata says that's the check and balance in the system.

She added, "I think we are seeing employers meet people halfway with higher wages and I think they'll need to continue to look at things like flexibility in scheduling to get employees back to work."

DETR wants people to land jobs that are the right fit for them and their family, "And there are more supports now than ever to help them."

Funding from the American Rescue Plan is supporting DETR in new ways.

The agency can help people find jobs and update resumes. It can pay for training, class tuition, work cards, uniforms and possibly even transportation.

Plenty of new resources to help others, even as DETR still struggles to help itself.

As 13 Investigates has reported, since the onset of the pandemic, DETR has never been able to keep up with demand from unemployed claimants, creating a rolling backlog of appeals that's still months away from being resolved.

"We have been continually hiring and we're facing a lot of the same challenges that most employers are," said Cafferata. "It's difficult to hire folks. So, we're still looking to fill positions to help with the backlog."

That includes claims examiners, adjudicators, appeals referees and more.

The agency admits it got a lot of things wrong as it navigated the uncharted waters of the COVID economic crisis.

But it wasn't all bad.

Cafferata said, "One of the things that I wish our team got a little more credit for is that our staff was really dedicated through some really difficult times. And our system, while it was slow and challenging, it never went down for weeks on end, and we never had to turn it off for weeks on end to make updates or corrections or fix things."

DETR did go offline for maintenance and updates for hours and sometimes days.

They're working on system upgrades to handle the volume in an uncertain future.

And there's one-way Cafferata hopes things will be different moving forward, specifically with any more programs for the self-employed, like Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, or PUA.

"The program was created, and the guidance came out and we were expected to implement it basically overnight. And then guidance came out later which changed the rules, added new requirements and that was very difficult for all of the states to implement."

Better and clearer communication with claimants, which Cafferata concedes is still a problem, is another future goal.

The final piece? Opening offices for appointments.

"In the next couple of months, things will be starting to open up again subject to all the COVID guidelines and restrictions," said Cafferata.

We pointed out that there are no current restrictions keeping state offices from being open and helping people in person, "Where you can walk in and say 'Look, here's my driver's license, here's my birth certificate, I'm really me, tell me what else I need to do' -- that kind of interaction. Why can I do that at the DMV but I can't do that at DETR?" Spears asked.

"I know it's frustrating," said Cafferata, "but all of the decisions that we've made have been based on trying to provide the best service while at the same time keeping our staff and clients safe. And that will continue to be the criteria that we're using."

She hopes to have offices open again by the end of this year.

DETR's public information office clarified that DETR has no unemployment offices open to the public, saying, "For the last approximately 20 years, it’s been the website or the telephone claims centers. The offices that are or will be open to the public do not have the ability to help people with their unemployment insurance, but will be able to assist with job seeker and employment services."

Click here for more information on how DETR can help you get back on your feet in the workforce.

Job seekers will find a link to a form at the top to submit more detailed information about services they need and will be contacted by a JobConnect representative.

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Unemployment payment confusion, DETR urges claimants to check eligibility

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Nevada Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation is asking many people concerned about missing unemployment payments to make sure they are eligible and approved for payments.

Cyara Neel runs a popular Facebook assistance page and tells 8 News Now she thinks there is a mix-up in the program stemming from months ago.

“Lots and lots of people have not been paid the funds they are entitled to,” said Neel.

People say they are missing their payments despite the pandemic-related benefits ending.

“They are still getting file weekly claims but they are not getting paid for these, they have run out of actual compensation that was entitled to them,” Neel added.

She also tells 8 News Now many claimants are saying money eligibility shows up in their portals but many are not getting paid.

“People are missing state extended benefits from the last week they were eligible for them and then they are also missing the regular unemployment, yes,” said Neel.

With pandemic-related funds expiring DETR says there may still be confusion.

The regular Unemployment Insurance rules are back in place now.

DETR released the following statement to 8 News Now.

If you have found yourself to be monetarily eligible to open a new UI claim, this is what you are eligible for, not approved for. Some claimants may be monetarily eligible for a new UI claim but haven’t worked, thus won’t receive benefits.

Nevada Department of Employment, Training & Rehabilitation

DETR also explained if you are trying to file a new UI claim now, in September 2021the base period for your income is April 2020 to March 2020.

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The department also referred us to the handbook.

“They pulled from the wrong program which left people without any benefits when they ended,” Neel said.

She also questions if there still may be a mix-up. However, DETR tells 8 News Now there is not.

“I believe it is a DETR problem, it is a DETR issue,” adds Neel.

For more information on the handbook click HERE.

DETR also says payments for the current week are still being processed.

Additional information regarding Unemployment Insurance benefit concerns:
  • If you are trying to file your new UI claim now, in September 2021, the base period for your income is April 2020 to March 2021.
  • To be eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits, you must meet one or the other of the following conditions. You must have base period earnings that are:

1. Equal to or exceeding 1 ½ times the high quarter earnings, or

2. Wages in each of at least 3 of the 4 quarters in the past base period.

If you have found yourself to be monetarily eligible to open a new UI claim, this is what you are eligible for, not approved for. Some claimants may be monetarily eligible for a new UI claim but haven’t worked, thus won’t receive benefits.

Unemployment Insurance has always been a temporary bridge to employment after losing you job through no fault of your own. An unemployment insurance claim is valid for one year and funded for up to 26 weeks. In order to file and collect from the new open UI claim, you must have worked and earned wages during your base period.

For personalized work search help fill out this online form by clicking HERE or by visiting Nevada Job Connect.

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Nevada unemployment office awaits federal guidance for extended September benefits

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Information Unemployment Insurance Filers and Employers Need to Know

Required MEUC Documentation

To determine MEUC eligibility, proof of self-employment net earnings in the amount of $5,000 must be provided to DETR. Acceptable documents include:

  • Income Tax return including Schedule C for the most recent taxable year ending prior to the unemployment claim; or
  • Pay stubs
  • Bank Receipts
  • Business Records
  • Ledgers
  • Contracts
  • Invoices
  • Billing Statements

MEUC FAST FACTS

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.

  • Select the MEUC navigational link on the left menu of the Claimant Self-Service Portal landing page and follow the instructions to apply for MEUC benefits.
  • Select the “Upload Documents” navigational link to upload MEUC Supporting Documentation.
  • Once the MEUC application is submitted, you will have five (5) business days to provide DETR with acceptable documentation supporting your self-employment net income of $5,000.

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.

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jail Unemployment insurance fraud is a crime in Nevada. Fraud is defined as making any false statement relating to a claim for benefits, deliberately withholding information to obtain benefits, failing to report all work and income during a week for which benefits is claimed, filing an unemployment claim while incarcerated or allowing another person to file a claim on your behalf while incarcerated and not disclosing the fact of being incarcerated, or using a name and/or Social Security Number other than your own to file a claim for benefits. If you are found to have committed fraud, you WILL be disqualified until all money is repaid, plus any penalties and interest. You may even be prosecuted for felony theft.

  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.
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ID.me issues delay some Nevada Unemployment Insurance payments

The Nevada Independent

Benefit programs that have buoyed hundreds of thousands of unemployed Nevadans for more than a year came to a hard stop over the weekend, raising concerns of a trying transition for those who have yet to find a job.

Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) Director Elisa Cafferata said that while the Department of Labor has authorized states to use American Rescue Plan funds to continue benefits past Saturday’s deadline, her agency had no plans to do so. An extension would require a special legislative session, such a program would not come with federal money for administrative expenses and it would take that federal aid away from other possible uses, she said. 

“We've certainly taken a look at it,” Cafferata told The Nevada Independent. “But I think … we really just, for the long-term health of the economy, need to help folks get back to work.”

Programs that ended over the weekend include Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) for gig workers and the self-employed (nearly 40,000 were filing claims to Nevada’s program in the most recent week), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (nearly 76,000 enrolled), and a $300-per-week Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation add-on that applies to all of those claimants, as well as nearly 33,000 people on regular benefits. 

A small State Extended Benefits program serving fewer than 100 people ends this coming Saturday, leaving only the regular unemployment benefit program running, and even then only offering beneficiaries a maximum of 26 weeks of assistance.

The cutoff comes as Nevada’s economy has improved — the number of people on the unemployment rolls is fewer than half of the well over 300,000 it was during peak weeks earlier this year — but the state continues to have the worst jobless rate in the nation at 7.7 percent in July. About one-third of the jobs the state lost when the pandemic hit have not come back, according to DETR. 

Voices on all points of the spectrum acknowledged that the benefits cliff could be difficult for the more than 148,000 people who were claiming benefits as of Aug. 21. Amber Hansen, an administrator of a large Facebook group that supports PUA claimants, said there’s pervasive fear among members of her collective.

“They don't know what they're going to do. And they're scared out of their wits because they feel like there's just, there's nothing else for them to do,” she said. 

DETR officials said they had been warning beneficiaries for months that the programs, which have paid out nearly $13 billion since last March, would be coming to an end, and urged claimants to look for jobs. The agency has been communicating with claimants through their online portals, posting information about job opportunities on social media and sharing an evolving list of retraining opportunities.

“There are a lot of supports out there for them. And probably the best thing to do is just … start making this transition back to work, while you have all of these resources available to help you,” Cafferata said. 

But Hansen said the reality on the ground is much harsher than DETR portrays. The handout DETR provides lists resources that many claimants already know about, such as welfare programs and rental assistance, but may have been unable to tap into.

“I have worked single handedly over the last year with thousands of Nevadans … thousands of people that have applied for those programs and have either hit a wall have been told that they can't get help, have been told that they don't meet the criteria,” she said.

The CHAP rental assistance program in Clark County, for example, has helped 9,000 households since the pandemic began, but has 8,500 applications for aid still pending and has denied about 5,200 applications. Meanwhile, about 61,000 households in Nevada are projected to be behind on rent — mostly in Clark County.

If people in need are unable to successfully secure enough help, they could be part of an eviction wave. Even among those who have received rental assistance, there are people who are headed back to square one because the support is for a limited time.

“They've already tapped out their 12 months of benefits, and they're still unemployed, and now their unemployment's going away. And so what do they do?” said Jim Berchtold of the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, which offers free help to tenants facing eviction. “It just really seems like there needs to be a bigger picture solution about job retraining and about figuring out what the issues are that are leading to the eviction and trying to address them.”

Lalo Montoya of progressive advocacy group Make the Road Nevada has seen firsthand how people can get lost in the system if they hit technology-related hurdles, language barriers, eligibility hang-ups or are otherwise confused by systems offering help. His organization helps those it can, but it doesn’t have the funding to serve as formal navigators who would personally guide the tens of thousands of people who need help.

“It's a crisis that I can't even put my head around,” he said. “Because at the end of the day, all we can do is help those that come to us directly or that we meet out on the streets or during tabling events. And I'm glad that when they do find us, they found that they find a voice, they found a place of advocacy, they find a place where they can go and be connected to navigate the systems. But we're doing it out of just survival.”

A disincentive effect?

Randi Thompson’s organization, the Nevada Federation of Independent Businesses, has been vocal in urging Nevada to end benefits earlier than Sept. 4, blaming them for exacerbating a worker shortage.

“We hope that the governor will not extend those extra benefits, because our small businesses are dying, we have businesses, restaurants that are closing early. They're not taking a dinner shift, they're closing on Sundays,” she said.

Gov. Steve Sisolak did not heed that call to curtail the benefits, but nor did he take the step of creating an additional state-level program to keep the benefits going into the fall.

Thompson said she’s still concerned about workers in industries that have not rebounded, such as those supporting conventions, which brought half a million attendees to Las Vegas in 2019 but zeroed out for a long stretch during the pandemic.

“I'm optimistic that those who have chosen to stay home and not work will decide to go back to work,” she said about the deadline. “My concern, still, is for those whose jobs are not there.”

A debate over whether the more-generous-than-usual pandemic-era benefits were disincentivizing people from returning to work has raged in the political sphere, prompting about half of governors — all Republicans — to voluntarily disenroll their states in certain benefit programs as a way to nudge the jobless back to the workforce. But an early analysis from the firm UKG suggests that states that cut the safety net early actually saw slower growth in the number of shifts worked than states that kept the benefits. 

Economists also largely believe that while benefits may serve as a minor disincentive to return to work, it is not a major factor, and a survey of the unemployed ranked benefits as the last on a list of reasons why they had not returned to work, behind reasons such as lack of child care, concerns about the spread of COVID, and having a spouse who is still in the workforce.

“People in other states are saying they thought they were going to stop the extended benefits and everyone would go right back to work and they're not seeing that either,” Cafferata said. “So I think there's gonna be just sort of this continued thing, settling out and what the new workforce looks like.”

Thompson said she believes “the mood of the workforce seems to be ‘I’ll come back, but you have to pay me more.’ And employers are realizing that's going to be the case.”

She said that might mean products and services go up in price, but she acknowledged that it’s a  shared responsibility with consumers to support jobs that offer workers enough to reach their American Dream.

“I hope you're gonna see a surge in employment,” she said. “We have well over 22,000 job openings in Northern Nevada. We have 90,000 job openings in Vegas. So, we have enough jobs to absorb the people that are unemployed.”

Do decisionmakers care?

Advocates for the unemployed are left wondering why elected officials didn’t do more to extend the program when so many people are still using it and major industries such as entertainment are far from recovered.

They worry that the loss of the program could accelerate evictions, prompting households to uproot and double up and thereby further spread COVID. They worry that the cutoff will force people into survival jobs with low pay, little security, and exposure to the virus.

“Our governor needs to do more. Our elected officials here need to do more. They need to extend the benefits. They need to apply for all the money that's being offered,” Montoya said. “I think they fell into the narrative that the chambers of commerce pushed on us. And they're listening to the corporations. They are not listening to workers.”

The deadline for the federally funded benefits program was set six months ago when Congress passed the American Rescue Plan. In that time, COVID dipped and surged, and now remains at one of its highest points of the pandemic. 

Asked whether the deadline is still appropriate while the health situation remains dire, Cafferata    noted that “there's always going to be an argument to be made to extend benefits.”

“It's going to be challenging for many individuals and their families,” she said. “This is just one last difficult transition, we hope, but I suspect we're going to have some ups and downs with COVID for quite some time.”

Thompson said it’s time to adapt. 

“We're gonna be living with COVID for the rest of our lives,” she said. “And it's time we all learn to live with COVID.”

From Hansen’s perspective, those in power are not showing enough compassion for the unemployed or taking nearly enough action to help. 

“This was something that was so important, and we feel like nobody cared,” she said. “It seemed like people would … gain interest and gain momentum, and then when they felt like their back’s against the wall by another party, they would just be like, ‘OK, well, our hands are tied.’”

While lawmakers have often talked about the emails and calls they receive from desperate claimants, Hansen said she doesn’t think they’ll truly register the struggle as long as they are personally financially secure.

“I just think that everybody just thinks that everything's all right and … excuse my language, they haven't really gotten into the thick of the shit like I have with my collective, to really absorb the suffering that these people have gone to,” she said.

Tabitha Mueller contributed to this report.

Sours: https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/as-unemployment-benefits-stop-for-close-to-150000-nevadans-observers-fear-tough-road-ahead

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