Unemployment Assistance (DUA) benefits are available only to those individuals
who have become unemployed as a direct result of a declared major
disaster. First created in 1970 through P.L. 91-606, DUA benefits are
authorized by the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Relief
Act (the Stafford Act), which authorizes the President to issue a major
disaster declaration after state and local government resources have been
overwhelmed by a natural catastrophe or, “regardless of cause, any fire,
flood, or explosion in any part of the United States” (42 U.S.C. 5122(2)).
The DUA program provides income support to individuals who become unemployed as
a direct result of a major disaster and who are not eligible for regular
Unemployment Compensation (UC) benefits. DUA is funded through the Federal
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and is administered by the Department
of Labor (DOL) through each state’s UC agency. DUA beneficiaries (because
they are not entitled to regular UC) are not eligible to receive Extended Benefits
(EB) or Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC08) benefits.
S. 3655, would extend the maximum weeks of DUA benefits from 26 to 39 weeks for
those individuals receiving DUA because of Hurricane Sandy. In adition,
the bill would reimburse states for regular state UC payments that are
based on unemployment attributable to Hurricane Sandy.
This report contains information on how to ascertain if an individual is
eligible for DUA benefits.
Date of Report: December 6, 2012
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