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Herrera Beutler-Led Measure to Provide Hardship Waivers for Unemployed Workers Signed into Law

Bipartisan measure will protect unemployed Southwest Washington workers from paying for Employment Security Department errors

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Washington, December 29, 2020 | comments

This week, the president signed into law COVID relief legislation that included a Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler led bipartisan measure to issue hardship waivers for congressionally-approved Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) overpayments by state unemployment agencies.

With Herrera Beutler’s bill now law, states may waive PUA overpayments when the individual receiving the jobless benefits is not at fault and in which the collection of overpayments would create further financial harm.

“Folks who are already struggling to make ends meet should not find themselves in debt or have paychecks garnished because of Washington’s Employment Security Department’s own mistakes in issuing unemployment benefits,” Herrera Beutler said. “I’m pleased this legislative effort to give struggling residents relief from this type of financial burden is now law and I will keep working to assist Southwest Washington citizens with unemployment benefits however I can.”

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