Disaster unemployment aid available to workers in Cleveland, Lincoln, McClain, Oklahoma and Pottawatomie counties in Oklahoma
(May 22, 2013) – The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC) has announced
that workers and self-employed individuals in Cleveland, Lincoln, McClain, Oklahoma
and Pottawatomie counties who lost work or earnings due to severe storms and tornadoes
from May 18, 2013, and continuing have until the close of business on June 21, 2013,
to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). DUA is available to those
who don’t qualify for regular state unemployment benefits.
To be eligible for DUA, individuals must:
have worked or been scheduled to work in the disaster area, but because of the disaster
no longer have a job or a place to work in the area, or could not get to the place
of work because of disaster damage;
have been prevented from working by an injury or illness as a direct result of the disaster;
have become the head of the household and need employment because the head of the household
died as a result of the disaster.
To claim DUA, unemployment of an affected individual must be a direct result of one of
physical damage or destruction of the place of employment;
physical inaccessibility of the place of employment due to its closure by the federal, state
or local government in immediate response to the disaster; or
lack of work or loss of revenues, if prior to the disaster the employer or self-employed
business received at least a majority of its revenue or income from an entity in the
major disaster area that was damaged or destroyed in the disaster or an entity in
the major disaster area closed by the federal, state or local government.
Often, business owners who are self-employed are not aware of potential benefits to which
they may be entitled. If you are self-employed and have lost all or part of
your livelihood as a result of this disaster, you may be eligible for benefits.
Self-employed workers must provide federal income tax forms (Schedule SE and either
Schedule C or Schedule F) to receive disaster unemployment benefits.
To receive DUA benefits, individuals must provide documentation within 21 days from the
day the claim was filed indicating an employment record at the time of the disaster
or verification of the weeks the applicant was scheduled to work. OESC officials
understand that because of property losses, some individuals may not have necessary
information readily available. Each claim is considered individually.
If you believe you may be eligible for assistance, please call the OESC Unemployment
Insurance Service Center at 1-800-555-1554 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to
4:30 p.m., to begin the claim process.
When calling to apply for benefits, individuals should have, when possible, (1) their Social
Security number and (2) the name and address of their last employer or prospective
Claims filed after June 21, 2013, will be considered untimely, and benefits will be denied
unless the individual provides good cause for filing after this date. The first
possible week of compensation for DUA purposes is the week ending May 25, 2013, and
the last possible week of compensation is the week ending November 23, 2013.
For local workforce services, job seekers and employers can contact their nearest Workforce
Oklahoma Center. At a workforce center, job seekers can access job search resources,
job postings and training programs as well as assistance with career exploration,
résumé and application preparation, career development and more. Customers also
may connect with potential employers through OESC’s website at http://oesc.ok.gov.
Workforce center services for employers include job posting and placement, up-to-date
information on the labor market and emerging occupations, and assistance with recruiting,
retention, training, tax and hiring incentives. Employers can also recruit new
staff at http://oesc.ok.gov.
This weblog is sponsored by TALX.
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