BATON ROUGE, La. (WDSU) — Unemployment benefits are expected to be provided to Louisiana residents starting Wednesday.
Approximately 400,000 eligible unemployment insurance claimants will receive weekly Lost Wage Assistance payments, according to the Louisiana Workforce Commission.
The retroactive payments will include the weeks ending Aug. 1, Aug. 8 and Aug. 15, 2020.
All claimants need to continue to file their weekly certifications in order to be eligible for future weekly benefits, according to LWC.
Additionally, 20,000 unemployment insurance claimants could qualify for LWA.
According to LWC, these claimants may have had their employment disrupted by COVID-19.
This week, these individuals will receive an email from the LWC to update their claim information. No additional action is needed at this time; the LWC will contact claimants directly.
The LWC encourages everyone to ensure that their email address they are required to provide at time of filing is correct.
Subsequent weeks will be processed as additional funds are received from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
No additional action is needed from the approximately 400,000 eligible individuals in order to receive these funds.
“Since late March, the LWC has worked tirelessly to ensure that we meet Gov. John Bel Edwards’ directive of paying Louisiana residents the funds they are entitled to in a timely manner,” said Louisiana Workforce Commission Secretary Ava Dejoie. “All that we continue to accomplish could not have been possible without the efforts of LWC staff, Commissioner Jay Dardenne, Governor’s Executive Council and Louisiana State Treasurer John Schroder working towards the same common goal of providing financial assistance as quickly as possible.”
Despite the current threat from tropical systems in the Gulf of Mexico, the LWC’s unemployment insurance call centers will remain open to assist individual claimants. The LWC’s call center will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.