Nevada waiving some rules for jobless benefits; online filing encouraged
UPDATE: 9:45 a.m. Thursday: Gov. Steve Sisolak has issued an order waiving the seven-day waiting period before unemployment benefits start along with the requirement that those receiving checks look for suitable work.
He instructed the head of the Employment Security Division that suitable work is not currently available for those people temporarily laid off because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“This important step ensures that thousands of Nevadans will receive their benefits as quickly as possible,” he said, adding the measures are common-sense in light of the situation.
The original story from Thursday morning is below:
CARSON CITY, Nev. — Nevada officials are encouraging people laid off due to the threat of coronavirus to file for unemployment benefits online.
A spokesman said the unemployment insurance filing system provides information for claimants and employers.
People who have technical problems with their online UI claim can email INTERNETHELP@detr.nv.gov for help. Officials say to include your full name but only the last four digits of your Social Security number.
People can also call 775-684-0427 for assistance between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Tiffany Tyler-Garner, director of the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, said the department has been preparing for an increase in claims.
“With a potential increase in claims in the near future, we are actively evaluating and preparing to ensure our system and staffing levels can meet an increased demand,” she said.
The Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund was at $1.8 billion when the new insurance rate was established at the end of 2019 and still growing.
That is a record for the Nevada fund, which is dedicated by federal statute solely to paying unemployment checks for those who lose their jobs..
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