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Date:March 29, 2021
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Disaster Unemployment Assistance Deadlines for Workers Affected by Severe Winter Storms in La. Parishes

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Workforce Commission reminds individuals impacted by the severe winter storms in the Louisiana parishes listed below that the deadline to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is approaching.

Deadline: Monday, April 12, 2021

A uniform deadline of 11:59 p.m. CDT Monday, April 12, 2021, is in effect for the following parishes: Avoyelles, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Calcasieu, Catahoula, Claiborne, Concordia, DeSoto, East Baton Rouge, Franklin, Grant, LaSalle, Madison, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Rapides, Red River, Richland, Sabine, Webster, West Carroll, and Winn Parishes

Qualifying for DUA benefits applies to individuals in at least one of the below circumstances:

     •    Worked or were self-employed or were scheduled to begin work or self-employment; and

     •    Do not qualify for regular unemployment benefits, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), or Extended Benefits (EB) from any state; and

     •    Were unable to reach their job or self-employment location because they must travel through the affected area and are prevented from doing so by the disaster; orCan no longer work or perform services because of physical damage or destruction to the place of employment as a direct result of the disaster; or

     •    Cannot physically access the place of employment due to its closure by the federal, state, or local government in immediate response to the disaster; or

     •    Can establish that the work or self-employment they no longer can perform was their principal source of income; or

     •    Cannot perform work or self-employment because of an injury as a direct result of the disaster; or

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

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; therefore, claimants should file as soon as possible.

In order to process your Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) claim as quickly as possible, we need documentation of your employment/self-employment as well as proof of wages/income.

Proof of employment/self-employment should be submitted no later than 21 days after filing your claim. The following documents are acceptable as proof of employment:

     •    Payroll voucher closest in date to the last work week

     •    Employment and earnings statement from employer with name, address and contact information

     •    Written statement from employer

     •    Notarized affidavit from person with name, address and contact information who can verify claimant’s employment and unemployment (this is for those workers who are unable to reach their employer)

     •    Business records (bank statements, business receipts, licenses, advertisements, invoices, appointment books, financial statements)

     •    Notarized statement from person with name, address, and contact information who can verify your self-employment and unemployment

If you are self-employed, your 2020 federal income tax return and schedules can serve as proof of prior wages, but does not substantiate your proof of employment at the time of the disaster. Please refer to the list above of acceptable forms of proof of employment.

Disaster unemployment assistance is available for weeks of unemployment beginning February 14, 2021, up to September 11, 2021, as long as the individual’s unemployment continues to be a direct 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 from Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 7:00 pm CDT, plus Saturdays and Sundays 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. Additional information is available at www.laworks.net.

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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