RI Department of Labor and Training
 MEDIA ADVISORY
 

Governor Chafee Announces Disaster Unemployment Assistance Sessions

>Claims-filing sessions planned in Middletown and Westerly, December 4 through 6

December 3, 2012

 

Governor Lincoln D. Chafee announced today that the RI Department of Labor and Training (DLT) will hold Disaster Unemployment Assistance claims filing sessions this week for individuals who lost their jobs as a direct result of Hurricane Sandy. These sessions will be held at the following Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Recovery Centers:

  • Middletown Police Department, 123 Valley Road, Middletown: Tuesday, December 4, 8 AM to 6 PM
  • Misquamicut Fire Department, 65 Crandall Avenue, Westerly: Wednesday-Thursday, December 5-6, 8 AM to 6 PM

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is a federally-funded program for those were unemployed due to the severe storm and resulting damage that began October 26, 2012 and who would otherwise not be eligible for unemployment insurance. Individuals who qualify for regular unemployment insurance will not qualify for federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance. In addition, DUA does not cover unemployment during a company’s standard off-season.

Impacted counties include Washington and Newport Counties. Eligible claimants may include:

  • Those injured in the disaster and unable to work;
  • Those whose workplaces were damaged, destroyed or made inaccessible due to the disaster;
  • Those for whom transportation to work was unavailable;
  • Those whose transportation route was inaccessible due to the disaster and for whom other means of transportation are unavailable; and
  • Those, such as self-employed workers who are not normally covered by regular unemployment insurance, who derive most of their income from areas affected by the disaster, and have experienced a decline in business a result of the disaster.

Individuals attending the special claims-filing sessions must bring the following information with them to the Disaster Recovery Center:

  • Social Security number
  • Driver’s license or a Rhode Island I.D.
  • Mailing address and zip code
  • Income tax for 2011 with profit and loss statement
  • Business license
  • Telephone number where the worker can be reached for additional information
  • Alien registration card, if applicable
  • Names and addresses of any other employers (in addition to self-employment) during the past 18 months

Rhode Island residents may apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance until February 4, 2012. Please note that DUA differs from regular unemployment insurance benefits, and that unlike regular unemployment insurance claims, DUA claims filing must be staff-assisted and may not be filed on the Internet or on self-serve unemployment insurance kiosks. Impacted workers may be entitled to up to 27 weeks of DUA benefits. In Rhode Island, Sandy-related DUA benefits conclude the week ending May 4, 2013.

Employees of businesses that were laid off temporarily due to storm-related damage or transportation disruption may be eligible for regular unemployment insurance; they do not need to attend these special claims-filing sessions, and may simply file online for unemployment insurance at www.dlt.ri.gov, indicating that their unemployment is due to Hurricane Sandy. If their employer is registered as eligible with the department, then the employees’ one-week waiting period for unemployment insurance will be waived.

More information about unemployment insurance can be found online at www.dlt.ri.gov.

All Rhode Islanders in need of disaster assistance in addition to unemployment insurance benefits should register with FEMA at www.fema.gov or 1-800-621-3362 (TTY 1-800-462-7585).

 

 

ABOUT DLT: The RI Department of Labor and Training offers employment services, educational services and economic opportunity to both individuals and employers. DLT protects Rhode Island’s workforce by enforcing labor laws, prevailing wage rates and workplace health and safety standards. The department also provides temporary income support to unemployed and temporarily disabled workers. For more information on the programs and services available to all Rhode Islanders, please call the RI Department of Labor and Training at (401) 462-8000 or visit the web site at www.dlt.ri.gov

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