US Pandemic unemployment assistance under the America Rescue Plan Act 2021 (ARPA), has been extended again to Palau. ARPA was signed into law by U.S. President Joe Biden on March 13, 2021.

WIOA Director Josephine Ulengchong confirmed with Island Times that the assistance has indeed been extended to Palau. The financial aid which had formerly been offered under the Continued Assistance Act of 2020 expired on March 13, 2021.

The financial relief includes $397 a week for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and $300 a week for Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) and will cover up to September 3, 2021.

Palau office of WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) has issued an announcement for people to pick up their applications starting March 29, 2021.

According to the WIOA announcement, people eligible for the aid are those who have been laid off or have their hours reduced from work as a result of COVID-19.

Director Ulengchong said that they are expecting final guidance UIPL 16-20 Change 6, which is coming out soon.

Palau became eligible for Relief for Workers Affected by Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) under the United States CARES Act 2020, and on March 31, 2020 former President Tommy E. Remengesau Jr. signed the agreement implementing the Relief for Workers Affected COVID-19 Act between the Republic of Palau and the US Department of Labor. This support was extended under the Continued Assistance Act of 2020 (CAA) and now continues under ARPA 2021.

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