Deadline approaches for workers affected by Hurricane Ida to apply for disaster unemployment

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- The Louisiana Workforce Commission reminds individuals impacted by Hurricane Ida in the Louisiana parishes that the deadline to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is approaching.

DUA is available to individuals 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;
• Can establish that the work or self-employment they no longer can perform was their principal source of
• 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; or
• Became the breadwinner or major support of a household because of the death of the head of the 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. 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)

The deadline to apply is Nov. 2 for those in the following parishes:

  • Ascension
  • Assumption
  • East Baton Rouge
  • East Feliciana
  • Iberia
  • Iberville
  • Jefferson
  • Lafourche
  • Livingston
  • Orleans
  • Plauquemines
  • Pointe Coupee
  • St. Bernard
  • St. Charles
  • St. Helena
  • St. James
  • St. John the Baptist
  • St. Martin
  • St. Tammany
  • Tangipahoa
  • Terrebonne
  • Washington
  • West Baton Rouge
  • West Feliciana

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