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Workers in Fire Affected Counties May Get Relief
Workers May Be Eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance

The Oregon Employment Department is announcing the availability of Disaster Unemployment Assistance for individuals who became unemployed, had their work hours substantially reduced or are unemployed self-employed individuals as a direct result of the wildfires and straight-line winds that have been taking place since September 7, 2020. They also must not qualify for regular state unemployment insurance, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation, other extension programs, or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefits. Assistance may be available to workers in Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, and Marion Counties.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance is a federal program that provides temporary unemployment assistance benefits to individuals whose employment or self-employment has been lost or interrupted or had their work hours greatly reduced as a direct result of a major disaster. The Oregon Employment Department administers the DUA program for the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, on behalf of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Individuals eligible for regular unemployment benefits or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance are not eligible for DUA.

DUA is available to eligible individuals for weeks of unemployment beginning September 13, 2020. Benefits for this disaster will be available until March 20, 2021, as long as your unemployment continues to be a direct result of the major disaster. You must file the application within 30 days after this announcement date. The deadline for filing a DUA claim related to these fires is October 23, 2020.

In addition to people who lost their jobs as a direct result of the major disaster, DUA may include individuals who:
Unemployment is a direct result of the major disaster if the unemployment resulted from:
To receive DUA benefits, all required documentation must be turned in when you file or within 21 days from the day your DUA application is filed. You will need to provide supporting documentation, including but not limited to, proof of employment at the time of the disaster, or proof of self-employment at the time of the disaster, and income information for tax year 2019. Specifically, required documentation includes a Social Security number and a copy of the most recent federal income tax form or check stubs, or documentation to support that you were working or self-employed when the disaster occurred. Documentation for the self-employed can be obtained from banks or government entities, or affidavits from individuals having knowledge of their business.

Affected individuals are encouraged to apply for DUA through the Oregon Employment Department (OED), which will first check if applicants can qualify for state unemployment benefits, PEUC, other extension programs or PUA benefits.

Applications for DUA are available online at www.oregon.gov/EMPLOY/Disaster. Your application may be mailed to the address listed below, or submitted online at unemployment.oregon.gov.

Application packets will be available at certain evacuation sites and WorkSource Centers. Please include the weeks you would like to claim in your initial application. More information is available on our public website and social media pages. For additional questions or to request an initial application, you can call: 503-570-5000

Contact Information:
Address: Disaster Unemployment Assistance Unit
875 Union Street NE
Salem, OR 97311


Additional Information: www.oregon.gov/EMPLOY/Disaster
Submit your Application Online: https://unemployment.oregon.gov/

--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2020-09-24 16:02:35Last Update: 2020-09-24 16:59:47

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