UPDATE (MAY 15): Nevada Department of Training and Rehabilitation is asking people to refrain from attempting to file PUA claims until Saturday.

According to DETR, the website for PUA claims, employnv.gov, will not be live until Saturday. As well, the phone line for assistance (1-800-603-9681) will also not be active until Saturday.


Nevada Department of Employment Training and Rehabilitation

Upon launch, DETR said staffers assisting with the PUA phone line will only be answering PUA-related questions. Anyone with a regular unemployment question should not contact this number.

DETR on Friday also said it was informed that it is one of seven states launching systems for PUA this week. One other state, according to Heather Korbulic, is not planning to launch a system until May 27. However, Korbulic did not specify which state.

Payments for PUA claims are expected to begin May 23 and will include back pay, DETR said.

The agency also noted that PUA funds are federal funds and there is no risk of them being exhausted.

For those filing for PUA, DETR says acceptable documentation you can provide includes:

  • W-2 or 1099 forms
  • Tax returns
  • Pay stubs
  • Bank receipts
  • Ledger
  • Invoices
  • Billing statements

DETR notes that the documentation will need to be provided within the PUA application, documentation which has been sent to DETR through other means will not be transferred to PUA.

Anyone with questions regarding eligibility is asked to reference DETR's PUA page: https://detr.nv.gov/PUA/

Original story continues below:

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- The Nevada Department of Training and Rehabilitation on Thursday announced that the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) system will launch on Saturday, May 16 to provide benefits to self-employed and gig workers.

Nevada’s PUA filing system will be independent of the traditional Unemployment Insurance (UI) system. The first payments are expected to be made beginning May 23, 2020. 

PUA payments can range from $181 to $469 per week. 

“We know there is a high demand and expect our call center and claims portal to be very busy the first few days,” said DETR director, Heather Korbulic.

Researchers from the University of Chicago have found that Nevada was the last state to set up a system for self-employed workers to file PUA claims.

Korbulic said on Thursday that Nevada is one of six states this week to implement a system for self-employed workers to file for unemployment benefits. She added that the state is “in good company” with 24 other states that have not made any payments on claims from self-employed people. 

The following individuals may be eligible for PUA:

Claimants must also be able and available for work as defined in state law, must have prior earnings in Nevada or a job offer to work in Nevada and must not be eligible for any UI, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation, and State Extended Benefits.

Claims will be backdated to the point of initial eligibility as early as January 27. Self-employed claimants who have filed for regular UI must re-file under the PUA system, Korbulic said.  

Starting Saturday morning, claimants can go online to employnv.gov to file. Standard forms required for filing include:

Those with questions can contact a dedicated PUA call center at 1-800-603-9681 on Saturday for questions and assistance. 

The phone line will be open for PUA claimants Saturday and Sunday (May 16 and May 17) from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. After the first weekend, operating hours for the PUA call center will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday – Friday and 8 a.m. – noon Saturdays.

The department’s Alorica call center -- where regular unemployment applicants can find general information -- will stop taking calls starting 8 p.m. on May 14. Questions about standard Unemployment Insurance can be answered by visitingwww.ui.nv.gov can be directed to DETR call centers at (702) 486-0350 and (775) 684-0350.

Billing statements



Bank receipt

Pay stubs

Tax returns

W2 or 1099 form

people who were unemployed or going to start work but could not due to COVID-19.

employees who have not earned enough wages or worked enough hours for standard unemployment benefits due to COVID-19; or

employees whose wages are not reported for unemployment insurance;

self-employed, 1099 contract workers, and gig workers;

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