For Immediate Release: Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013
Media Contact: Dawn Dovre, 605.773.3094
Disaster Unemployment Assistance Deadline Approaching
PIERRE, S.D. -- The Department of Labor and Regulation reminds workers and self-employed individuals the deadline to file for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. This applies to those affected in Butte, Corson, Custer, Dewey, Fall River, Haakon, Harding, Jackson, Lawrence, Meade, Pennington, Perkins, Shannon and Ziebach counties and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of the Cheyenne River Reservation within Dewey and Ziebach counties and the Oglala Sioux Tribe within Jackson and Shannon counties.
To be eligible for benefits, individuals must be unemployed or unable to do business as a direct result of the severe winter storm, snow storm and flooding that occurred Oct. 3-16, 2013.
"A self-employed person substantially impacted by a disaster can be eligible for partial DUA payments, even if they are still able to perform some of their customary services in self-employment," said state Unemployment Insurance Director Pauline Heier.
Necessary clean-up work after a disaster does not necessarily make an individual ineligible for DUA.
Individuals whose employment has been affected should apply for benefits by calling the Unemployment Insurance Call Center at 605.626.3179 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. CST. Please specify your claim is related to DUA and the winter storm.
Individuals will need their Social Security number, copies of their most recent federal income tax forms or check stubs, or documentation to support they were working or self-employed when the disaster occurred. The first possible week of compensation for DUA purposes is week ending Oct. 12, 2013, and the last possible week of compensation is week ending May 10, 2014.
To receive DUA benefits, all required documentation must be submitted within 21 days from the day the DUA application is filed.
Re-employment assistance is available through the Department of Labor and Regulation local offices. All programs and services are provided at no charge.
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