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Many employees will be able to receive financial assistance from the federal government if they are victims of a disaster and can no longer work. The Disaster Unemployment Assistance program is in place in order to ensure that when an employee has been in a disaster and can no longer work as a direct result of that disaster, the employee can receive financial assistance for a period of up to 29 months.

Many types of disasters will qualify for coverage under the DUA program, including fires, floods, and storms. However, in order for an employee to be able to receive financial compensation, the disaster needs to meet federal standards. The President of the United States needs to declare that a disaster is a federal disaster in order for employees to receive DUA funds.

Not all employees will receive DUA funds. For example, employees that are also receiving funds from an unemployment insurance program will not receive DUA funds. Also, employees need t meet at least one of the following criteria:

·         The employee needs to be employed a the time of the disaster with every expectation that the employment would have continued if it had not been for the disaster.

·         If the employee was not currently employed at the time of the disaster, but had a contract that was scheduled to begin, the employee could receive funding as well.

·         The employee needs to be out of work as a direct result of the disaster. For example, the employee could have been injured in the disaster. Alternatively, the employee could work for a company that lost his or her place of work in the disaster so the workers have no place to go.

·         Individuals may receive funding if they have become the head of the household as the direct result of the death of the former head of the household. CB

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