Friday, May 24, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (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:
To claim DUA, unemployment of an affected individual must be a direct result of one of the following:
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 employer.
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.
A link to a PDF version of this release (2 pp, 51 KB) may be found on the OESC website at http://www.ok.gov/oesc_web/documents/lminr05222013.pdf