News Alert: Two more Louisiana parishes eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance
Posted: 9/9/2012 8:22:47 PM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

September 7,

State of Louisiana News Desk #: 225.358.5361

BATON ROUGE -- Workers and self-employed individuals in
Iberville and St. Mary 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. The following
parishes now eligible and their respective deadlines are:

  • The parishes of Assumption, Iberville, St Helena, St James, St. Mary,
    Terrebonne and Washington have until Oct. 8, 2012, to file DUA applications.
  • The parishes of St. Charles and Tangipahoa have until Oct. 5, 2012, to file.
  • The parishes of Ascension, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans,
    Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. John the Baptist and St. Tammany have until Oct. 2, 2012, to file.

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

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 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.

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

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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