By Payroll and Entitlements Editorial Staff
On July 9, 2019, a major disaster declaration was granted by President Donald Trump, allowing Missourians in 20 counties whose employment was lost or interrupted due to severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding that began April 29, 2019, and continues, to apply for up to 36 weeks of Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA).
The Missouri Department of Labor’s Division of Employment Security will be accepting applications for DUA through August 9, 2019, from individuals in Andrew, Atchison, Boone, Buchannan, Carroll, Chariton, Cole, Greene, Holt, Jackson, Jasper, Lafayette, Lincoln, Livingston, Miller, Osage, Pike, Platte, Pulaski, and St. Charles Counties. Eligibility for DUA will be determined on a week-to-week basis and an individual can only receive benefits for as long as his or her unemployment continues as a result of the disaster.
Applicants are required to provide proof that they were employed or self-employed at the time the disaster occurred or were scheduled to begin work when the disaster occurred. This proof of employment must be filed with the initial claim or within 21 days of filling a DUA claim. To claim, individuals will need their Social Security Number and the name and address of their last employer or prospective employer. A copy of the most recent federal income tax forms or check stubs also may be required (self-employed individuals should provide Schedules SE and Schedule C or Schedule F).
To file a DUA claim online 24/7, visit uinteract.labor.mo.gov (DLIR Communication, 7/10/2019).
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