Louisianans who lost their job through no fault of their own can receive temporary financial assistance under the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program. The UI program is administered by the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) and is funded by a tax on the employers. Read through the page to know about eligibility requirements to qualify for Louisiana UI benefits and much more information.
Eligibility To Apply For UI Benefits In Louisiana
You must meet the monetary and job separation requirements to qualify for unemployment benefits in Louisiana.
To be monetarily eligible for UI benefits, you must have earned at least $1,200 in your base period, and your total earnings in your base period must be at least 1.5 times your wages in the highest quarter of the base period. Note that if you don’t have sufficient earnings in your base period, the Workforce Commission will consider your wages in the alternate base period.
You will qualify for Louisiana unemployment benefits only if you lost your job through no fault of your own. You will not be eligible for benefits if you were fired or voluntarily quit your job unless the reason for quit is considered a good cause by the Commission. Some of the reasons considered as good-cause include:
You are facing harassment at the workplace
You are working in unsafe working conditions
The employer made significant changes without your consent
You had medical conditions and were unable to work
You can also file by visiting the Job Center near you. Representatives at the Job Center will assist you in filing for benefits and may also provide you more information about the program in your state.
How to File Weekly Claims
You must file weekly certifications for each week you wish to receive benefits. You can request payment online through Helping Individuals Reach Employment (HiRE) at www.louisianaworks.net/HIRE or by phone at 866-783-5567. You must request your first payment the Sunday following the date you filed your initial unemployment claim. If you file your claim on a Friday or Saturday, you must request your first payment the following Tuesday through Friday, thereafter, on each Sunday or Monday. In case you forget to file a weekly certification on Sunday or Monday, you can file any other day of that week.
The deadline to file weekly certifications is Fridays at 4:00 p.m.
The first 7 days following the date of your new unemployment claim are considered as a week of waiting, and you will not receive payments during this period.
If you fail to file weekly certifications, you will not receive benefits for those weeks.
Your weekly benefit amount is based on your earrings in your covered employment. The weekly UI benefit amount that you could receive will be at least $10 but no more than $247. The Workforce Commission determines your weekly benefit amount by taking the first 1/25th of the average of your total wages in the base period in covered employment and multiplying the number by 1.05. The result is then multiplied by 1.15. Note that any earnings, holiday pay, accrued vacation, pensions, severance, or dismissal pay in lieu of notice will be deducted from your weekly benefit amount.
Use the benefits calculator to determine the estimated weekly unemployment benefit amount.
Disclaimer: The estimates are good in faith and accuracy is not guaranteed. We are not liable for any loss and damages caused by using the tools on our website. This calculator is here to assist you in evaluating what you might obtain if you are entitled to receive benefits. We make no promises that the sum you receive will be equal to what the calculator illustrates.
You must know several aspects after filing for Unemployment Insurance in Louisiana. They include:
Sometimes, you may receive a benefit amount more than you are entitled to. An overpayment may occur due to reasons like:
Failure to report wages
Reversal of previous unemployment decision
Failure to provide to necessary details to LWC
Wilful misinterpretation or false statements
If you receive an overpayment, LWC will send an overpayment notice that includes instructions on repaying overpaid benefits. If you fail to repay the overpaid amount, LWC will recover it by deducting the amount from future UI payments or garnishing any federal and state income tax refunds.
Overpayment Through Fraud
Overpayment through fraud occurs when you intentionally give false statements or hide facts about your wages and employment. The consequences of overpayment through fraud are as follows:
Liens will be assessed
You will be required to pay a penalty
You will be disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits for 52 weeks
Your fishing and recreational hunting licenses will be suspended
LWC may press legal action
Generally, the Louisiana Workforce Commissions provides benefits for up to 26 weeks. But if the state’s unemployment rate is too high, it may provide extended benefits. Visit the Workforce Commission to know more about the extended benefits.
Job Training Assistance
The LWC’s American Job Center system offers several training and services to job seekers. Some of them include: Services
Online local, state, and national job listings
Web-based job search assistance
Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA)
Trade Readjustment Assistance (TRA)
Assessments of education, skills, and interests
Education and training information
Job counseling, job placement assistance, and referrals
Community resources information
Access to computers, fax, and copy machines
Labor market information
Job search workshops
Basic skills upgrades
Adult basic education, literacy, math skills, and GED preparation
Q. How do I repay an overpayment of unemployment benefits?
You can repay the overpayment by sending a check or money order to the following address: Collections Unit P. O. Box 44063 Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70804 Be sure to include your social security number on your money order or a check. If you have any queries regarding the repayment, contact the Department.
Q. Are Louisiana unemployment benefits taxable?
Yes. Louisiana unemployment benefits are taxable. You will be issued a 1099G Form that shows the amount of benefits paid to you and federal income tax withheld (if any). Note that the amount on the 1099G is not reduced by any unemployment overpayment repayments you may have made. Therefore, you must maintain your record of payment, such as canceled check notices, if you have made any repayments.
Q. My claim has become inactive. What should I do?
A claims representative will contact you by email or phone for additional information required to resolve the issue. Meanwhile, you should continue to file your weekly certifications.