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Hurricane Sandy

Relief Efforts for Businesses and Workers affected by Hurricane Sandy

Local EMA Contacts (pdf)

UI Relief and Waiting Period Waivers

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NEW - For those with DUA claims only, call (401) 462-1894

> Governor Chafee Announces Disaster Unemployment Assistance Sessions in Middletown and Westerly Dec. 4-6

> Governor Chafee announces Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) now available for Washington & Newport Counties

> UI Waiting-Period Waivers for Storm-Related Layoffs

> UI Help for Employers Hit by Sandy

According to Rhode Island law, Rhode Island employers forced to lay off workers temporarily as a direct result of Hurricane Sandy 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 (DLT).

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.

NEW - Disaster Relief Worker Information (NEG)

If you would like to apply for consideration as a Worksite: Please fill out the Rhode Island Disaster National Emergency Grant Worksite Application form to submit a request to be considered as a Worksite to hire Temporary Tropical Storm
Sandy Relief Workers.

National Emergency Grant (NEG)
The U.S. Department of Labor approved a $1.5 million National Emergency Grant to fund Governor Chafee’s plan to hire unemployed Rhode Island residents to assist with Hurricane Sandy clean-up and recovery efforts. Click here for Questions and Answers about NEG |

Hurricane Sandy Loan Fund for RI Businesses from the RI Economic Development Corp


To become eligible, employers must first submit a waiver and relief application to DLT. To assist employers with this process, DLT has set up a dedicated employer information line at (401) 462-8999 and an email address at DLT.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 Sandy should follow standard procedures for filing for unemployment insurance benefits and will be credited for all benefits available.


Tax Relief for victims of Hurricane Sandy in Rhode Island (doc)

Newport and Washington County Residents Can Register with FEMA For Federal Assistance:

The U.S. Treasury Dept. and the Internal Revenue Service announced that they will waive low-income housing tax credit rules that prohibit owners of low-income housing from providing housing to victims of Hurricane Sandy who do not qualify as low-income. Click here for more information.

For More Information:
Updates on the Hurricane emergency response are available through the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency at www.riema.ri.gov.


RI Department of Labor and Training
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Phone: (401) 462-8000
Fax (401) 462-8666
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