In a press release dated March 11, 2021, the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) announced Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) has been made available in the following 23 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. Additional parishes may be added as recovery efforts continue.

Severe winter storms affected the above parishes during the period of February 11-19, 2021. A Presidential declaration of disaster was put into effect making DUA funding available. The deadline for filing a DUA claim for these parishes is April 12, 2021. After this date, the claim will not be considered timely and will not be honored. Claims are being taken by the LWC at http://www2.laworks.net/ through the LWC’s portal or by calling 866/783-5567 from Monday through Friday, 8:00am – 7:00pm CDT and Saturdays and Sundays 8:00am – 5:00pm.

More information on this recent DUA declaration can be found on the LWC website at: http://www2.laworks.net/PublicRelations/PR_PressReleaseDetails.asp?SeqNo=2596&Year=2021&Month=3

 

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is a partnering program between the USDOL and FEMA to provide funds to state UI agencies for the payment of UI benefits under certain circumstances. It provides disaster unemployment assistance to individuals who have lost employment as the result of a major disaster and are NOT otherwise eligible for regular UI benefits.

Individuals are eligible if they lived, worked, or were scheduled to work in the affected areas and:

  • No longer have a job or place to work; or
  • Cannot reach the place of work; or
  • Cannot work as the result of damage to the place of work; or
  • Cannot work due to injury sustained in the disaster
  • Became the breadwinner or major supporter of a household due to the death of head of household resulting from the disaster

DUA benefits are only payable during the Disaster Assistance Period (DAP) not to exceed 26 weeks. The weekly benefit amount for which the person may be eligible is determined by the governing laws in the state in which the claim was filed. Any benefits claimed under the DUA program are 100% federally funded which means employers’ UI accounts will not be charged. While employer chargeability for regular UI that is related to a disaster varies from state to state, Louisiana statute does not provide for relief of charges to affected employers.

 

More information on the DUA program can be found at: http://workforcesecurity.doleta.gov/unemploy/disaster.asp