Date:March 10, 2016
Contact:Public Affairs @ (225) 342-3035

LWC discontinuing paper checks for unemployment benefits
Claimants have until Sunday to opt into direct-deposit

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Workforce Commission will discontinue distributing unemployment insurance benefits by paper checks in March.

The LWC has issued paper checks since October 2015 when JPMorgan Chase stopped providing debit cards for Louisiana state government purposes. The state of Louisiana has since negotiated a new contract with U.S. Bank to provide debit cards for unemployment claimants.

Unemployment recipients can either receive benefits through direct-deposit or a ReliaCard® prepaid card from U.S. Bank.

The paper check-option for new unemployment claims will end March 13. This transition will cause no break in payments for existing claimants.

Claimants who currently receive benefits through paper checks can opt into direct-deposit by updating their payment preferences in their HiRE accounts until Sunday, March 13. All claimants who take no action will be automatically transitioned onto a prepaid card.

About the Louisiana Workforce Commission

The Louisiana Workforce Commission is an agency of state government that administers programs designed to enhance workforce growth and provide family-sustaining jobs for Louisiana residents. The commission monitors employment, administers unemployment compensation and tax funds, provides training resources for employers and employees and oversees worker compensation benefits. The agency also gathers and supplies information on the labor market and occupational sectors in Louisiana.


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