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Resources for Employees

Information presented below is subject to change as rules are developed and finalized.

Acadiana Opportunity

LEDA, One Acadiana, Acadiana Workforce Solutions, and other partners relaunched AcadianaOpportunity.com, a web portal that helps connect individuals seeking training or employment with resources. The portal includes an in-take form for workers who have lost their job due to COVID-19 to connect with a representative of Acadiana Workforce Solutions, who will determine their eligibility for grant funding that could help cover the cost of enrolling in training or certification classes. Youth, ages 16-24, can also apply for other grant funding intended to support paid work experience. Additionally, the portal lists relevant course offerings at SLCC, LSU Eunice, and UL Lafayette, as well as job assistance resources available through Acadiana Workforce Solutions, LEDA, and Louisiana Job Connection.

Louisiana Workforce Commission  |  Frequently Asked Questions 4/10/20
For Employees: Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) Guidance for Workers & Unemployment Eligibility Changes
The Louisiana Workforce Commission has made changes to unemployment to help workers across the state whose jobs were impacted by the coronavirus. The changes mean more people may be eligible for unemployment insurance. The work search requirement and one week waiting period have been waived. Those who may qualify include:

  • Workers whose hours were reduced because of lack of work due to coronavirus
  • Employees who are not being compensated despite their workplace temporarily closing
  • Employees instructed not to go to work, and who are not being paid while at home

Those employees may file a claim online at www.louisianaworks.net/hire or by calling the claim center at 866-783-5567. You must answer "yes" to the question "Are you filing for unemployment insurance benefits for reasons related to COVID-19 (coronavirus)?"

How to apply for unemployment benefits

LEDA Virtual Job Fair

LEDA has hosted the LEDA Virtual Job Fair since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Job seekers can search local job postings by category.

COVID-19 Help Wanted

These businesses are hiring additional workers to meet customer demand during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Economic Impact Payments

In the weeks immediately after the passage of the CARES Act, Americans will see fast and direct relief in the form of Economic Impact Payments.

Non-Filers: If you do not file taxes, use the "Non-Filers: Enter Your Payment Info Here" application to provide simple information so you can get your payment. You should use this application if:
  • You did not file a 2018 or 2019 federal income tax return because your gross income was under $12,200 ($24,400 for married couples). This includes people who had no income. Or
  • You were not required to file a 2018 or 2019 federal income tax return for other reasons
If you receive these benefits, the IRS already has your information and you will receive $1,200. Do not use this application if you receive:
  • Social Security retirement disability (SSDI), or survivor benefits
  • Railroad Retirement and Survivor Benefits

Special note: People in these groups who have qualifying children under age 17 can use this application to claim the $500 payment per child.

Non-filers who need assistance providing information to the IRS should contact United Way of Acadiana by email or phone at (337) 706-1213.

Online Resources available through Lafayette Public Library (Online Databases )
  • HomeworkLA.org: free 24/7 with live tutors to help prepare a resume or cover letter, proof either, and prepare for interview questions
  • Lynda.com: brush up on software skills or learn new ones with online course
  • Learning Express: entrance exam preparation including HiSET, GRE and MCAT
Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick or family leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.

Paycheck Protection Program

Sole proprietors, independent contractors, gig economy workers, and self-employed individuals are all eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, enacted on March 27, 2020, includes a key provision –the Paycheck Protection Program–that expands the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) existing 7(a) loan program. The program provides $349 billion for small businesses to cover near-term operating expenses and keep their employees.

IRS Coronavirus Tax Relief

As part of the federal government's response to the Coronavirus crisis, the Internal Revenue Service issued guidance allowing all individual tax filers to defer up to $1 million of federal income tax (including self-employment tax) payments originally due on April 15 until July 15 without penalties or interest.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Individuals impacted by COVID-19 may apply for assistance. DCFS will implement new provisions as outlined in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which includes additional food assistance for some families in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) today opened the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) to support essential critical infrastructure personnel. Interested families must complete the CCAP Pandemic Protective Services Crisis Application. Upon approval, initial certification will be valid for 30 days. If the public health crisis continues beyond 30 days, the LDOE will reassess applications.

Louisiana Wallet

LA Wallet, the state of Louisiana's official digital driver's license, will be made available to residents free of charge. The all-digital identification and driver's license app will suspend its fee in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The digital license is valid for the life of the user’s license issuance. Once a user’s physical license expires, they must renew their license with the OMV and purchase a new digital license through LA Wallet.

Resources for Restaurants

The LRA.org website has information for restaurants to make fact-based decisions during the COVID-19 event. The site has links for employers, employees, and links to interim work opportunities for those facing decreased work opportunities.

Assistance for Artists, Musicians, and Service Industry Workers

Federal Housing Finance Agency

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) and the Federal Home Loan Banks are taking steps to help people who have been impacted by the Coronavirus.  If your ability to pay your mortgage is impacted, and your loan is owned by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, you may be eligible to delay making your monthly mortgage payments for a temporary period.

Can I Be Evicted?

The CARES Act prevents evictions of individuals living in government subsidized housing or those whose rental property has a federally-backed mortgage. There is a statewide hold on court filings, and in turn evictions, until April 30 (as of 4/2/20). Similarly, guidelines are also in place for hotel evictions.

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