Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training


Unemployment Insurance for Temporary Layoffs due to Flooding (REVISED 4/2/10)

April 1, 2010

The Department of Labor and Training announced today that workers who have been temporarily laid off due to flood-related business closures may file for unemployment insurance online at any computer with internet access at www.dlt.ri.gov. The process for filing under this provision is self-service, and is the same process as filing for regular unemployment insurance.
Those who do not have access to the internet may use the computers at the netWORKri one-stop centers in Woonsocket, West Warwick, Providence and Pawtucket. In addition, the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training is partnering with the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services to offer computer access for employees of flood impacted businesses who wish to file claims. At this time, the following libraries are participating:

Cranston Public Library
140 Sockanosset Cross Road, Cranston
Monday, April 5 and Tuesday, April 6 from 3 to 6 p.m.

Woonsocket Harris Public Library
303 Clinton St., Woonsocket
Monday, April 5 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and
Friday, April 9 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Warwick Public Library
600 Sandy Lane, Warwick
Tuesday, April 6 and Thursday, April 8 from 9 a.m. and noon

NEW: Pawtucket Public Library
13 Summer St., Pawtucket
Tuesday, April 6 and Wednesday, April 7, from 12 noon to 2:30 p.m.

NEW: Westerly Public Library
44 Broad St., Westerly
Wednesday, April 7 and Friday, April 9, from 9 a.m. to noon.

The department will keep the public advised as other libraries schedule additional sessions for employees of flood-impacted businesses.

Please note that self-service filing for flood-related unemployment insurance benefits is available ONLY for employees of companies that have been deemed eligible for a waiting period waiver. Businesses who have been deemed eligible will communicate this to their employees.

The RI Department of Labor and Training offers employment services, educational services and economic opportunity to both individuals and employers. DLT protects Rhode Islandís 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