Request for Waiver

The U.S. Department of Labor has given state agencies the authority to waive repayments of overpaid unemployment insurance benefits under certain conditions during the pandemic. You may not have to pay back the overpaid benefits if you received unemployment benefits from one of the federal pandemic emergency benefit programs and it is determined that the payment of these benefits was not your fault and repayment would be an unreasonable hardship for you.

This means that you can request a waiver if the Employment Department paid you for Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), or Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) benefits and later found that you were actually not eligible for those benefits (also known as an “overpayment”). After you submit the waiver, we will decide if federal law allows you to not repay the overpayment (also known as “waiving repayment”).

Examples of reasons you could be eligible to have your overpayment waived include:
1. The Employment Department made a mistake in processing your claim.
2. The Employment Department put benefits on an incorrect claim.
3. You did not cause the overpayment and repayment would mean you or your household has to go without basic necessities.
4. You did not cause the overpayment and you have a health issue or disability that would make repayment a hardship.

It may take 2‐3 weeks from the date we receive your request until a decision is mailed to you. Do not submit multiple requests or inquire on that status of your request unless four weeks have passed and you still haven’t received a decision. We will reach out to you if we need additional information. There will be information included in your decision that will let you know what to do if you don’t agree with the decision we issued.

If you need help completing this form, please call 503.947.1995.

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