NEWS RELEASE: DLIR Extends Application Filing Deadline for Disaster Unemployment Assistance BenefitsPosted on Sep 22, 2023 in Latest Department News, Newsroom
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS
JOSH GREEN, M.D.
JADE T. BUTAY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 22, 2023
DLIR EXTENDS APPLICATION FILING DEADLINE FOR DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE BENEFITS
HONOLULU — The Hawaiʻi State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) today announced the U.S. Department of Labor approved the extension of the application filing deadline for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) benefits. Maui residents impacted by the wildfires may now file an initial claim for DUA through Oct. 26. The previous deadline for filing an initial application was Monday, Sept. 25.
“Individuals that do not qualify for regular unemployment insurance may be eligible for DUA benefits,” said Governor Josh Green, M.D. “It’s essential that we make every effort to ensure Maui residents have the resources and time to access these funds.”
Individuals may apply for DUA online through huiclaims.hawaii.gov/#/ or in person. Assistance with DUA applications and other forms may be obtained at the following location(s):
Disaster Recovery Center
Lahaina Civic Center Gymnasium
1840 Honoapi‘ilani Highway
Lahaina, HI 96761
Maui Claims Office
54 South High St. Rm. 201
Wailuku, HI 96793
Maui American Job Center
110 Alaʻihi St. Rm. 209
Kahului, HI 96732
DUA is available for eligible unemployed workers, self-employed individuals, farmers, and fishers engaged in business at the time of the disaster. Eligibility for DUA benefits will be determined on a week-to-week basis for each week a claim certification is filed.
Individuals will need to provide proof to document employment or self-employment or to document work that was to begin on or after the date of the disaster. If proof of employment cannot be provided at the time the claim application is filed, individuals will have 21 calendar days from the time the claim application was filed to meet this requirement. Failure to submit this documentation within 21 days will result in a denial of DUA, and any benefits already paid will be considered overpaid. Individuals will be required to repay any benefits overpaid.
For assistance, individuals may also call (833) 901-2272 or (808) 762-5751 and (833) 901-2275 or (808) 762-5752. Free interpreter services are available.
Applications filed after Oct. 26, 2023, will be considered untimely unless the individual provides good cause for filing late.
For more information about DUA and regular unemployment insurance benefits please visit: https://labor.hawaii.gov/ui/
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Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.
TDD/TTY Dial 711 then ask for (808) 586-8842
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