Additional unemployment benefits may come. Some never got the last round

Volunteers load food aid shopping bags for laid-off workers during a December 12, 2020, food distribution event in Orlando, Florida.

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Democrats are ready to send more unemployment benefits to laid-off workers. Meanwhile, some workers are still waiting for the last part, which was approved months ago.

A $ 900 billion bill from Covid was signed on Dec. 27, extending unemployment benefits to March 14 and increasing it by $ 300 a week.

In Wisconsin, officials estimate that independent workers and gig workers will not receive that extra help until April – almost four months later.

Other workers who have exhausted their state benefits just began extended assistance Thursday, according to the Department of Labor Development in Wisconsin.

Other states, such as California and Colorado, have only recently begun to pay benefits to some groups.

Workers who experience delays will repay the missed weeks and be healed.

But while they wait for the funds, unemployed individuals have to work without income support, maybe they have to pay rent or buy food.

‘Outdated’

Even with modern computer systems, there is usually a delay time.

The U.S. Department of Labor must provide guidance to states that interpret the rules in a right to relief. It sets the parameters for government agencies, which then code the updates in their systems.

There is usually also a period of testing that takes place after the programming is completed.

According to Elizabeth Pancotti, a policy adviser at Employ America, a progressive think tank, it usually takes about a month.

However, some states were able to provide assistance within a few days.

US rescue plan

And Colorado did it last week, according to to the Department of Labor and Employment.

“We know that many Coloradans are currently facing severe economic hardship and have been anxiously awaiting the ability to apply for these additional benefits,” Joe Barela, executive director of the department, said on February 7.

A new, modernized cloud-based computing system enables faster implementation of future pandemic assistance legislation, ‘Barela said.

The new system, called MyUI +, was launched in January.

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