Posted: 6/3/2021 / 3:15 PM HSTUpdated: 6/3/2021 / 4:19 PM HST
HONOLULU (KHON2) – Hawaii residents receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) will need to start reporting their weekly work contacts soon in order to continue receiving benefits.
From June 20th, all PUA applicants must report their three contacts in the PUA portal. The state Ministry of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) announced on Thursday.
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“Thousands of Hawaii applicants lost their livelihoods during the pandemic through no fault of their own. Now our goal is to get them back to work, ”said DLIR Director Anne Perreira-Eustaquio. “As vaccines become more available and the economy recovers, we want people to redouble their efforts to make a living and support our state’s economic recovery.”
The job search obligation for PUA benefits was previously lifted due to the pandemic. Applicants can include promoting your business, profiling your business on freelance websites, marketing your business, or meeting with an organization that supports companies like the Hawaii Small Business Development Center or the US Small Business Administration.
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The new requirement also includes those who are not covered by unemployment insurance. Self-employed and self-employed contractors fall into this category as well as those who are not entitled to regular unemployment benefits due to COVID-19 problems, such as:
If you have previously been self-employed but do not plan to return, or if you are not eligible for regular UI benefits but are eligible for PUA benefits, you must conduct a job search or job-search activity in the same way as beneficiaries of the Unemployment insurance.
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