Disaster Unemployment Assistance Claims Deadline is June 2

FAULKNER COUNTY, AR (News release) - Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) claims must be filed by June 2, 2014 for individuals affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that began in Faulkner County on April 27, 2014.

At the request of Gov. Mike Beebe, President Barack Obama previously declared Faulkner County a federal disaster area authorized for DUA. Individuals who have temporarily lost jobs in Faulkner County because of the disaster and do not qualify for regular unemployment benefits (such as self-employed individuals) may be eligible for DUA under Presidential Disaster Declaration FEMA 4174-DR. The first possible week of compensation for DUA purposes was the week ending May 10, 2014, and the last possible week of compensation is the week ending November 1, 2014.

DUA claims may be filed at the following DWS office:

Faulkner CountyConway Local Office1500 N. Museum Road, Suite 111(501) 730-9894

DUA claims for Faulkner County must be filed by June 2, 2014, at a DWS office from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. DWS offices will also provide re-employment assistance where appropriate. Claims filed after the deadline will be considered untimely and benefits denied, unless the individual provides good cause for filing after that date.

To be eligible for benefits, individuals must have worked or have been scheduled to work in the disaster area, but because of the disaster, they no longer have a job, a place to work in the area or could not get to their place of work because of disaster damage. They also may qualify if they have been prevented from working because of an injury or illness resulting from the disaster or if they have become the head of household and need employment because the head of the household died as a result of the disaster. This benefit also may be available to self-employed individuals who have lost all or part of their livelihood as a result of the disaster.

Each claim is considered individually; therefore, individuals who believe they may be eligible should bring their Government Issued Photo Identification, Social Security Card, the name and address of their last place of employment, and documents verifying income such as income tax statements, recent pay stubs, W-2 forms or 2013 federal income tax forms (Schedule SE and Schedule C or Schedule F) for self-employed individuals. All DUA applicants must provide documentation within 21 days from the day the claim is filed indicating an employment record at the time of the disaster or verification that the applicant was scheduled to work.

DWS officials understand that because of property losses some claimants may not have the necessary 2013 income information. Although some delays may result without this information, DWS staff will make every effort to work with DUA claimants to confirm their income information and expedite the claims-taking procedure.

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