News Alert: St. Charles, Tangipahoa parishes now eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance
Posted: 9/5/2012 2:59:04 PM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 5, 2012



State of Louisiana News Desk #: 225.358.5361


BATON ROUGE -- Workers and self-employed individuals in St. Charles and
Tangipahoa parishes may now apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) as
a result of Hurricane Isaac, the Louisiana Workforce Commission announced
today.



Workers who have lost their jobs
and self-employed individuals who are unable to perform services because of the
disaster in parishes eligible for FEMA's individual disaster assistance are
eligible for DUA. Individuals applying for assistance in St. Charles and Tangipahoa
must file their applications by Oct. 5, 2012.



Parishes already announced as
eligible for DUA are Ascension, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans,
Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. John the Baptist and St. Tammany. For applicants
in those parishes, the deadline to file for DUA is Oct. 2.



Applications filed after the
deadline for that parish will be considered untimely, unless the individual
provides good cause for filing after the deadline.



The DUA program is federally
funded but administered by the LWC. The LWC is accepting claims according to
the filing periods for each parish as determined by the U.S. Department of
Labor. The LWC is accepting all DUA and regular unemployment insurance claims
at www.laworks.net.
People without internet access or who experience trouble filing online can call
the LWC toll free at 1-866-783-5567.



The LWC's Business and Career Solutions Centers have computers available for
people to file claims. Center staff members also are available to assist job
seekers and employers. All centers have either reopened or are providing
services via an LWC mobile unit, a customized RV fitted with computers and
internet access that serve as rolling service centers.



To receive DUA benefits, individuals must provide their Social Security number,
proof of wages, and proof of employment, including the name and address of the
last employer to the LWC. Proof of employment must be received within 21 days
from the filing date of the claim. Self-employed individuals must provide their
business and financial records, including federal income tax returns for 2011.



The DUA period is from the
week-ending date of Sept. 8, 2012, and up to March 2, 2013, as long as the
claimant's unemployment continues to be a result of Hurricane Isaac. DUA
benefits will not be paid for any period of unemployment before or after these
dates.



Before an individual can be
determined eligible for DUA, it must be established that the individual is not
eligible for regular unemployment insurance benefits or extended unemployment
compensation (under any state or federal law).



DUA is available to unemployed U.S.
nationals and qualified aliens who worked or were self-employed if they:




  • Worked or were self employed in
         or were scheduled to begin work or self employment in an area declared as
         a federal disaster area;

  • Can no longer work or perform
         services because of physical damage or destruction to the place of
         employment as a direct result of a disaster;

  • Establish that the work or self
         employment they can no longer perform was their primary source of income;

  • Do not qualify for regular
         unemployment insurance benefits from any state;

  • Cannot perform work or self
         employment because of an injury, or because they were incapacitated as a
         direct result of the disaster;

  • Became the breadwinner or major
         support of a household because of the death of the head of the household;

  • Cannot work or perform self
         employment due to closure of a facility by the federal government;

  • Lose a majority of income or
         revenue because the employer or self-employed business was damaged, destroyed,
         or closed by the federal government.



Suffering a monetary loss because
of damage to property or crops does not automatically entitle an individual to
DUA.



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