Louisiana Rules for the $300 Lost Wage Assistance for Unemployment Benefits

Posted on: September 4, 2020

Louisiana Rules for the $300 Lost Wage Assistance for Unemployment Benefits

Updated as of September 3, 2020. Please check our Blog for any changes made.

The $600 in federal benefits added to everyone’s unemployment checks ended July 25, 2020. Louisiana started adding $300 to for some people’s unemployment on August 26, 2020. Payments have been paid for the weeks ending on August 1, August 8, and August 15 and payments are set to be made for the week of August 22. Some people’s payments are still being processed. How long this $300 will last is still unknown.

Who cannot received FEMA’s Lost Wage Assistance?

  • Claimants who are receiving less than 100 dollars for their weekly benefit amount.
  • Claimants who are receiving Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA).

Who can receive FEMA’s Lost Wage Assistance?

  • The Governor currently stated that most unemployment claimants receiving at least 100 dollars for their weekly benefits will be receiving the additional $300 FEMA supplement if found to be eligible.
  • Claimants who are receiving under the following unemployment funds will be found to be eligible:
    • Unemployment Insurance (UI);
    • Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE);
    • Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Service members (UCX);
    • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC);
    • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA);
    • Extended Benefits (EB);
    • Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA); and
    • Self-Employment Assistance (SEA)

How much are these benefits for?

  • The FEMA “Lost Wage Assistance” benefits will be for $300 each week an unemployment claimant is found to be eligible.

How do I know if my unemployment was affected by COVID-19?

  • If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and you are seeking a medical diagnosis;
  • A member of your household has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • You are providing care for a family member or a member of your household who is sick with COVID-19.
  • A child or other person who you provide care for and are responsible for is unable to go to school or a care facility because they are closed.
    • This includes schools that are only doing virtual learning/ online teaching;
    • This includes schools that have provided for a Hybrid model. Meaning your child’s school is only open on a few days of the week;
  • You are unable to reach your place of employment because of a quarantine imposed as a direct result of COVID-19;
  • You are unable to reach your place of employment because you have been told to self-quarantine due to COVID-19;
  • Your job has closed as a direct result of COVID-19;
  • Your type of work has been affected due to COVID-19.
    • Example: You are a musician and are not able to perform due to venues being closed as a result of COVID-19.

 

  • Other reasons may apply depending on your situation.

How long will this assistance be available?

  • This assistance is said to be available until December 27, 2020. Though this program may end sooner if another similar program is made to provide support for people whose employment has been affected by COVID-19.

Do I have to submit any proof of my unemployment situation related to COVID-19?

  • Proof or any other form of evidence is helpful. Though this is not required for you to be found eligible for the Lost Wage Assistance. Self –certification about your COVID-19 reason for unemployment is enough.

Do I need to fill out a special application for the help?

  • If you have already filed and are receiving benefits you do not have to do anything. The Louisiana Workforce Commission has already sent emails on September 31st to those who may be eligible

The benefits were released starting on August 26, 2020 and are still releasing payments for the following weeks ending on:

  • August 1;
  • August 8;
  • August 15; and
  • August 22.

 

There is no information as to when payments will be released for the weeks after August 22, but the agency will give more information about this soon.

 

Though if you have not received anything and you believe that you are eligible, please feel free to check out our website and apply for our services here.

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