Lost Wage Assistance Program

The Lost Wage Assistance (LWA) program provides a supplemental weekly benefit payment to eligible claimants. At this time, the grant award ($35.8 million) will cover the first three weeks of the LWA program, retroactive to the benefit week ending August 1, 2020. Eligible claimants will receive the supplemental benefit for the benefit weeks ending August 1, August 8 and August 15. If there is additional funding available, the program may remain open for subsequent weeks.

This program requires individuals in Regular UI to answer an additional question. Please review the information below to determine next steps.

Individuals Filing for Regular UI
  • STEP 1: Check your email inbox (and spam folder) for instructions on how to complete the COVID certification question.
    • For those without access to internet, you may contact the UI call center
    • If you did not receieve an email from the Department of Labor, you were likely not deemed eligible for LWA; if you feel this determination may have been made in error, claimants may contact the UI call center for assistance
  • STEP 2: Submit your response to the prompted question: “Are you unemployed or partially unemployed due to disruptions caused by COVID-19?
  • STEP 3: After submitting your answer, the Department will review your response and notify you of your eligibility
Individuals Filing for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA):
  • There is no action necessary. The information requested from Regular UI Claimants has already been received for PUA claimants. Further communications for PUA claimants will be provided, and there is no action necessary for PUA Claimants at this time. 
IMPORTANT REMINDERS
  • This supplemental benefit for eligible claimants will be in the amount of $300 per week for the weeks ending August 1, August 8 and August 15. If additional funding is available, the program will extend beyond those weeks.
  • Eligible claimants must have a valid Unemployment Insurance claim, be unemployed or partially unemployed due to COVID-19 and have a weekly benefit amount of $100 or more.
  • If claimants are eligible, they will receive this supplemental benefit as a check in the mail, not direct deposit. It will be a separate payment from the regular weekly benefit payment. If the mailing address on file is incorrect, claimants can update it by contacting our UI Call Center to avoid further delays.
  • This benefit is subject to state and federal income tax. Claimants are required to report this income on their 2020 tax return.

If you are looking for information on  the CARES Act Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program, ($600 weekly benefit) which ended on July 25, 2020, click here

Contact Information

COVID-19 Update: Department of Labor offices are currently closed due to COVID-19. Please contact the Department by phone.

Vermont Department of Labor
5 Green Mountain Drive
P.O. Box 488
Montpelier, 05601-0488
(802) 828-4000

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