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Date:October 8, 2020
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LWC reminds Individuals about Lost Wage Assistance Eligibility

BATON ROUGE – Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) was a federal unemployment supplement benefit available to anyone with ALL three of the following qualifications:

- Qualified for unemployment benefits, as determined by the LWC;

- Unemployed or partially unemployed due to disruptions caused by

COVID-19; and

- Weekly benefit amount of unemployment of $100 or greater.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) wants to remind individuals who may be eligible for LWA to self-certify.

The LWC has already conducted a targeted email campaign in August to approximately 20,000 individuals who may qualify for LWA. However, the LWC believes there are additional claimants within the already emailed individuals who could qualify for the LWA supplement, but they need to certify in order to receive them. Certification is verifying that he or she is unemployed or partially unemployed due to disruptions caused by COVID-19.

For weeks ending August 1, 2020, through September 5, 2020, LWA provided an additional $300 in unemployment benefits on top of any state-funded unemployment benefit, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) or Extended Benefits (EB).

To check and see if you are eligible for the LWA self-certification, please follow the below steps.

- Once logged into Helping Individuals Reach Employment (HiRE), go to Unemployment Services, via either the left navigation or the green widget box on your dashboard.

- Select “LWA Self-Certification,” which is the last item listed. Answer truthfully the one question presented. You will NOT be able to change your answer once it is submitted. Be sure to click Save when done.

Please note: If you have already qualified for LWA, or if you do not meet eligibility qualifications, the question responses in HiRE will be grayed out.

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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