Hurricane Florence Disaster Assistance

The latest updates on the recovery efforts in response to the recent Hurricane Florence, which began its destructive path along the Carolinas on September 7th, can be found here on the Department of Labor government website.

Additional updates below.

North Carolina:

Federal disaster assistance is now available to those affected by Hurricane Florence in the following North Carolina counties: Beaufort, Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, and Pender.

It is important to note that benefits paid to a claimant for unemployment due directly to a major natural disaster (declared by the U.S. President) are not chargeable to the base period employer’s account if the claimant would have been eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance had they not received unemployment insurance benefits (N.C. ¶4046B).

South Carolina:

Governor Henry McMaster’s request for the President to declare a disaster declaration for South Carolina has been granted. Federal assistance includes the following counties: Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry, Marion, Orangeburg and Williamsburg.

In the case of South Carolina, benefits paid as a result of a declared natural disaster shall not be charged to former employer (S.C., Sec 41-35-130).

 

The Department of Labor is working tirelessly with multiple departments to assist those affected by this recent storm. For example, the Employment and Training Administration are issuing Disaster Dislocated Worker Grants as well as Disaster Unemployment Assistance funds. Compliance guidance for employee benefit plans as well as plan participants and beneficiaries are being prepared by the Employee Benefits Security Administration. Federal contractor requirements are being temporarily suspended by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. This will allow folks to focus on recovery efforts. The impact of the storm on mines in the area is being assessed and properly attended to with specific equipment and extra workers through the Mine Safety and Health Administration. The Veterans’ Employment and Training Service is at the ready with the National Guard and Reserves, and the National Disaster Medical System and Urban Search and Rescue service to aid in recovery efforts. Employees and employers affected by these storms will have priority with assistance with calls to the Wage and Hour Division. A special enforcement advisory that will temporarily lighten requirements has been issued by the Office of Labor-Management Standards. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has also been in constant communication with all of the federal agencies to respond where needed.