The COVID-19 pandemic is making things more difficult, including directing the system to receive unemployment insurance subsidies from the government. That process can be overwhelming and uncomfortable at the best of times, and now a record number of Americans are trying to get it done right away. To make it easier for you to find the money you qualify for, here are some quick resources and links.
If you’re an employer, visit the Nevada Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation’s employers center for more information on how employees claim unemployment affects your business.
How to claim unemployment
Nevada offers a YouTube playlist explaining how to apply for unemployment claims, with instructions on the documents you need, what happens when you file, and how to continue receiving unemployment claims in the future. Due to the pandemic, this includes W-2 workers and free workers, free workers, contract workers, and 1099 independent contractors, as well as those eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.
You can also visit the online FAQ on COVID-specific questions for both claiming people and employers.
Create an account if you don’t have one yet to start the registration process; otherwise, sign in to your existing UInv account. The on-screen guide will guide you through it all. You may experience delays applying for unemployment because of the large number, but go on.
If you need to talk to someone or send information over the phone, call the number that best suits your location:
Northern Nevada: (775) 684-0350
Southern Nevada: (702) 486-0350
Rural areas and out-of-state call: (888) 890-8211
In addition to state unemployment subsidies, the federal government will distribute $600 along with each disbursement through July 25, 2020. The grant can last for 26 weeks; an additional 13 weeks of benefits are available through the federal CARES Act. Learn more at the Nevada CARES Act FAQ.
Who is eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
People who do not qualify for regular unemployment benefits can still receive PUA if they are diagnosed, have symptoms, or are directly impacted by COVID-19, including:
A household member of an individual who has been diagnosed with COVID-19
An individual who is caring for a family member or household member who has been diagnosed with COVID-19
A child or other family member with whom the primary care responsible person cannot attend a school or another facility is closed as a direct result of a COVID-19 emergency and school or care is necessary for the individual to work
Individuals who are unable to get to work because of COVID-19 quarantine or because a healthcare professional has advised them to self-isolate due to COVID-19 concerns
Individuals who have been scheduled to start work and are out of work or unable to access work as a direct result of COVID-19
An individual has become a breadwinner or primary support for a household because the householder has died as a direct result of COVID-19
Individuals who have quit their jobs or been seeded as a direct result of COVID-19
Individual workplaces closed as a direct result of COVID-19
According to DETR, Nevada will begin providing PUA in mid-May 2020.