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News Department of Unemployment Assistance information for those affected by the recent Merrimack Valley gas explosions

9/24/2018
  • Department of Unemployment Assistance

 

Any person who worked or lived in the area affected by the recent Columbia Gas explosions who is now unable to return to work as a result of this disaster, may file a claim for unemployment benefits. Workers do not need a formal layoff notice from their employer to file a claim for unemployment benefits. If they are available and willing to work but their place of employment is closed due to the catastrophe, they are experiencing a "lack of work" that may create eligibility for unemployment benefits. The Department of Unemployment Assistance has staff on site at The ValleyWorks Career Center of Lawrence as well as a dedicated phone line with staff who are ready to provide information, answer questions, and assist with unemployment claim filings for anyone affected by the Columbia Gas situation. Individuals who have questions about unemployment assistance or who would like assistance filing an unemployment claim can call 877-355-1135. Individuals may also file their unemployment claims using the self-service UI Online system at: www.mass.gov/unemployment-benefits-for-claimants. The ValleyWorks Career Center is located at 255 Essex Street, Lawrence, Massachusetts, 01840. Their telephone number is 978-722-7000.

Cualquier persona que trabajó o vivió en el área afectada por las recientes explosiones de Columbia Gas y que ahora no puede regresar al trabajo como resultado de este desastre, puede presentar una reclamación de beneficios de desempleo. Los trabajadores no necesitan un aviso de despido formal de parte de su empleador para presentar una reclamación de beneficios de desempleo. Si están disponibles y dispuestos a trabajar, pero su lugar de trabajo está cerrado debido a la catástrofe, están experimentando una "falta de trabajo" que puede crear elegibilidad para los beneficios de desempleo. El Departamento de Asistencia al Desempleado tiene personal en el Centro de Recursos Professionales ValleyWorks de Lawrence que están listos para proporcionar información, responder preguntas y ayudar con las reclamaciones de desempleo para cualquier persona afectada por la situación de Columbia Gas. Las personas que tengan preguntas sobre la asistencia por desempleo o que deseen asistencia para presentar una reclamación de desempleo pueden llamar al 877-355-1135. Las personas también pueden presentar sus reclamaciones de desempleo utilizando el sistema de autoservicio UI Online en: www.mass.gov/unemployment-benefits-for-claimants. El Centro de Recursos Professionales ValleyWorks se encuentra en 255 Essex Street, Lawrence, Massachusetts, 01840. Su número de teléfono es 978-722-7000.

Department of Unemployment Assistance 

DUA oversees the unemployment insurance (UI) program, which provides temporary income assistance to eligible workers in Massachusetts. DUA also determines and collects employer contributions to the UI program.

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