BATON ROUGE, La. – This October brings with it possible additional tasks for unemployed individuals as the state continues to assist thousands of workers impacted by the natural disaster, Hurricane Ida.
This Sunday (October 3) marks what is known in unemployment insurance as “quarter change.” The first Sunday in every calendar quarter marks a change in the period of time – called the base period -- used to determine eligibility for unemployment benefits based on wages earned during that time. The Louisiana Workforce Commission’s HiRE system will prompt some individuals to file a new claim at quarter change in order to see if the individuals now qualify for unemployment under a different program.
HiRE will also prompt individuals to file a new claim if their current claim has expired from its one-year term. Unemployment claims have a 12-month “benefit year” time span. In August 2021, tens of thousands of Louisianans filed for unemployment as a result of the Hurricane Ida natural disaster. As such, this new calendar-quarter may re-determine an individual’s current eligibility.
For questions about your claim, contact LWC’s toll-free line 1-866-783-5567.
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