Louisiana is among the states which have started giving out $300 in additional daily benefits. These extra benefits are offered for those in need to pay for their essential needs during the recession. But like $600 in the past, every person is eligible for the increased payment. So, who is eligible for an additional $300 in benefit for unemployment in Louisiana?
In the article below we’ll explain the eligibility requirements you need to meet in order to qualify for the $300 bonus benefits.
What was the date that the state began Making Payments for Additional Benefits?
It began paying $300 per week benefits on the 26th of August 2020 under FEMA’s Loss Wage Assistance program. The state announced payments for weeks which ended on August 1 August 8, August 15, and on August 22.
Who can benefit from the $300 Additional Unemployment Benefits in Louisiana?
- Unemployment insurance (UI)
- Extended Benefits (EB)
- Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA)
- Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
- The Pandemic Emergency Compensation (PEUC)
- Unemployment Compensation for members of the Ex-Service (UCX)
- Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE)
Note You are receiving benefits under Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) You won’t be eligible to receive the enhanced benefits.
Apart from receiving minimum benefits the state also requires you to prove that you were fired as a direct result caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.
What is the State’s Method of determining If You’ve Lost Your Job Due to The Pandemic?
The state decides if you’re unemployed because of the Coronavirus pandemic by taking into account the following aspects.
- You’ve been diagnosed with COVID-19 symptoms and seeking a medical diagnosis.
- The family member you love is suffering from COVID-19.
- You take care of someone in your family who has been suffering from COVID-19.
- You’re not able to access your workplace due to stringent regulations that were imposed in direct response to COVID-19.
- You’re not able to get to your workplace due to having been directed to self-quarantine because you’ve been diagnosed as having COVID-19.
- Your company is stopped operations because of COVID-19.
- Your work type is affected by COVID-19. In the case of the example, you’re an artist and you are unable to perform since venues were shut down because of COVID-19.
- The child you care for is not able to attend a facility for children or school due to being shut. This can include schools that:
- Are you interested in virtual learning/online teaching?
- Use a hybrid model.
Does the State require Documentation of Unemployment Due to the Pandemic?
While the proof of employment isn’t necessary to be considered eligible to receive other benefits offered, documents or other proof could prove useful. In the majority of cases, self-certification suffices to show the reason for your unemployment.
Are You able to Apply for 300 Additional Unemployment Benefits in Louisiana?
If you’re already receiving benefits from one of the unemployment benefit programs, you don’t need to apply for additional benefits. The Commission will give you additional benefits based on the same information.
How Much Time Will It Take You to Be able to receive benefits?
It is important to note that the payment won’t show up on the helping Individuals to Reach Employment (HiRE) Dashboard however you need to examine your account in order to verify if you’ve received your funds.
What Should You Do If Additional Benefits You Receive Are Not Accepted?
You may make an appeal for unemployment when your benefits are rejected due to monetary or non-monetary reasons. Be aware that you are required to file for an appeal in the period of 15 days of the date you received notice of Determination. If you file an appeal within 15 days of the date the authorities concerned will request an explanation.
An appeal can be filed using the following procedures.
- Appeal online on using the HiRE website.
- Send an appeal via fax an appeal to (225) 342-4223.
- Email [email protected] to file.
- Send mail your request to Appeals Unit. (Louisiana Workforce Commission Appeals Unit, P.O. Box 94094, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9094.)
If you’ve changed your number after the appeal, then you are able to change it on the HiRE site or call the Claim Center at 1-866-783-5567.
The state offers multiple levels of the appeals procedure. The first stage of hearings will be held before the Appeal Tribunal’s Administrative Law Judge. If you’re not satisfied with the decision of the Tribunal, you may appeal to the Board of Review.
- You do not have to pay any cost to appeal to your Board of Review or Appeals Tribunal.
- Apply for additional benefits through the appeals process. If you are successful in your appeal, you’ll receive benefits for eligible weeks.
What is the length of time that benefits will be Expire?
The $300 weekly benefit is said to be offered through the 27th of December 2020, the program could be terminated earlier if the money allocated for the program run out.
The Louisiana Workforce Commission has indicated that all qualified applicants will receive an additional $300 in weekly payment if they can prove that the unemployment was caused by the pandemic. If you didn’t have a certification on your initial claims you should quickly get accreditation, then apply for unemployment benefits and you will receive additional benefits.