Deadline to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance quickly approaching

Deadline to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance quickly approaching

(WAFB) - The Louisiana Workforce Commission wants to remind residents impacted by the February 7 tornadoes that the deadline to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is fast approaching.

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, March 15 at 11:59 p.m. for Orleans and Livingston Parishes.

DUA is available for residents who:

  • Worked or were self-employed or were scheduled to begin work or self-employment
  • Can no longer work or perform services because of physical damage or destruction to the place of employment as a direct result of the disaster
  • Establish that the work or self-employment they no longer can perform was their principal source of income
  • Do not qualify for regular unemployment benefits from any state
  • Cannot perform work or self-employment because of an injury as a direct result of the disaster
  • 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 denied unless the individual can provide a good reason for filing after the deadline. Applicants must submit their Social Security number, check stubs, and documentation to support their claim. To receive DUA benefits, all documentation must be submitted within 21 days from the date the application is filed.

DUA is available from weeks of unemployment beginning February 12 up to August 12, as long as the unemployment continues to be a result of the disaster.

To file online, visit www.laworks.net, or call the Benefits Analysis Team at 1-866-783-5567 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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