BATON ROUGE – President Barack Obama has expanded the number of Louisiana parishes included in a major disaster declaration, making disaster unemployment assistance (DUA) available to more businesses and residents whose employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted as a result of flooding that began March 8, 2016 and is continuing.
The president acted upon a request by Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards.
The Louisiana Workforce Commission is accepting applications for disaster unemployment assistance from residents and businesses in the following parishes and according to the following deadlines:
The parishes of: Bossier, Claiborne, Grant, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland and Webster have until April 13, 2016, to file DUA applications.
The parishes of: Beauregard, Bienville, Caddo, Caldwell, DeSoto, LaSalle, Livingston, Madison, Natchitoches, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Union, Vernon, Washington, West Carroll and Winn have until April 14, 2016, to file DUA applications.
The parishes of Allen, Ascension, and Calcasieu have until April 18, 2016, to file DUA applications.
The parishes of Jackson, Rapides, Red River and Sabine have until April 27, 2016, to file DUA applications.
Individuals affected in these designated-disaster areas must file DUA applications by established deadlines. DUA is available to individuals who:
Applications filed after the deadline, will be considered untimely and DUA benefits may be denied, unless the individual provides good cause for filing after that date. Applicants must submit their Social Security number, check stubs and documentation to support the claim that they were working or self-employed when the disaster occurred. In some cases, additional documentation may be required. To receive DUA benefits, all required documentation must be submitted with 21 days from the date the DUA application is filed.
Disaster unemployment assistance is available from weeks of unemployment beginning March 13, 2016, and up to September 17, 2016, as long as the individual’s unemployment continues to be a result of the disaster.
To file for disaster unemployment assistance, applicants should apply online at www.laworks.net or call the Benefits Analysis Team at 1-866-783-5567 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Central time. Additional information is available at www.laworks.net. Personal assistance is available through local Business and Career Solutions Centers.
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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