Kokua Line: Will Hawaii Ever Pay An Additional $ 100 Per Week To UI Candidates In The Blended Revenue Hole Group?

Qquestion: In January, the Honolulu Star Advertiser reported that Hawaii was planning to join the state-funded Mixed Earning Unemployment Program (MEUC) that eligible applicants who were making too much from an employer to be eligible for a pandemic Come and pay an additional $ 100 per week will be unemployment benefits, but too little to get a lot in standard unemployment insurance. … My question is whether Hawaii actually still has this in mind. We haven’t heard about the portion of the population falling between PUA and UI and whether or not Hawaii will use these federal funds to help these people. It has been almost six months since then-President Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, which re-authorizes the payment of “plus-up” benefits and created the new MEUC program. This much-needed federal funding, which has already been made available, will help Hawaiian residents who had jobs like working in restaurants or retail stores during the week before the pandemic and then also took jobs like painting or other 1099 gigs on the weekends to get over to make ends meet. This federal funding will enable these individuals to catch up on many of the bills accumulated during the pandemic, including overdue rents and credit cards charged to pay for groceries and everyday necessities.

reply: Yes, the State Ministry of Labor and Industrial Relations announced on Wednesday that it will process MEUC applications from today. A warning was posted on hawaiiunemploymentinfo.com stating:

“Beginning June 17, 2021, DLIR is accepting mixed-income unemployment benefits claims that provide an additional $ 100 per week of additional benefits. MEUC is available to individuals receiving regular unemployment benefits or extended benefits who also received at least $ 5,000 in net self-employment income for the tax year ending prior to the individual’s application for unemployment insurance benefits. Individuals eligible for MEUC will receive the benefit for each week that they are paid UI benefits between December 27, 2020 and the week ending September 4, 2021.

“To apply, go to pua.hawaii.gov and click the“ Apply for Mixed Earnings Benefit ”link (under the“ Get Started ”icon). If you previously applied for PUA but are now eligible for the regular UI, you will need to log into your PUA account. You can find the application link under the “More” tab.

“Once the application is submitted, you will need to provide documents showing that you have earned at least $ 5,000 in net self-employment income for the relevant tax year. You will be notified of how and when to submit these documents. If you are considered eligible, you will automatically receive the supplement for each week that you received underlying Unemployment Benefit during the Eligibility Period. No further measures are required. “

PUA recipients are not eligible for MEUC, the DLIR said in a press release. The program is aimed at applicants with a mix of W-2 wages and income from self-employment.

“MEUC was set up in response to workers whose previous income was not fully counted and now that the program has started, applicants with extra income will see their weekly benefit increase,” said DLIR Director Anne Perreira-Eustaquio.

For more information, see 808ne.ws/meucfaq.

Q: We are going to the mainland today and will return Wednesday. We are traveling with our 9 year old daughter. Both adults are vaccinated and qualify under Gov’s new travel rules. Ige for no tests, but what about the 9 year old?

A: Hawaii’s Safe Travels protocol is for travelers 5 years and older, so your daughter must be tested the accepted way or quarantined for 10 days once your family returns to Hawaii.

The COVID-19 vaccination is available to people aged 12 and over; younger travelers do not have a vaccination exemption as an option.

Write to Kokua Line at Honolulu Star Advertiser, 7 Waterfront Plaza, Suite 210, 500 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu 96813; call 529-4773; Fax 529-4750; or send an email to [email protected]

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