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Businesses impacted by Hurricane Irene: UI Relief and Waiting Period Waivers

Local EMA Contacts (pdf)

Hurricane Irene  

According to Rhode Island law, Rhode Island employers forced to lay off workers temporarily as a direct result of Hurricane Irene may be able to help their employees connect to unemployment insurance benefits sooner if the employers apply for a waiting period waiver (R.I.G.L. 28-44-14) with the Department of Labor and Training.


Also, employers whose storm-related property damage resulted in worker layoffs may be granted relief from related unemployment benefit charges (R.I.G.L. 28-43-3) if their businesses are deemed eligible.

Click here to view the DLT news releases for Hurricane Irene, including information about extended hours of services.

To become eligible, employers must first submit a waiver and relief application to the Department of Labor and Training. To assist employers with this process, the Department of Labor and Training has set up a dedicated employer information line at (401) 462-8999 and an email address at uiemployerhelp@dlt.ri.gov. Please note that this contact information is for employers only and is not intended for individual claimants. 

Employees of companies adversely affected by Hurricane Irene should follow standard procedures for filing for unemployment insurance benefits and will be credited for all benefits available.

RI Department of Labor and Training
Center General Complex
1511 Pontiac Avenue, Cranston, RI 02920

Phone: (401) 462-8000
Fax (401) 462-8872
TTY via RI Relay: 711
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