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Businesses Impacted by Hurricane Sandy:
Unemployment Insurance Relief and Waiting Period Waivers

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According to Rhode Island law, Rhode Island employers forced to lay off workers temporarily as a direct result of last weekend’s flooding 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.

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 the recent flooding should follow standard procedures for filing for unemployment insurance benefits and will be credited for all benefits available.

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


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


Phone: (401) 462-8000
Fax (401) 462-8666
TTY via RI Relay: 711
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