unemployment insurance

Clay Schexnayder

Louisiana legislators want ‘a seat at the table’ when it comes to COVID-19 response

BY: - September 29, 2020

The Louisiana Legislature is looking for more of a say over the state’s emergency response as the COVID-19 pandemic drags on into its seventh month. Lawmakers returned to the state Capitol in Baton Rouge Monday evening (Sept. 28) for a special legislative session they organized without any input from Gov. John Bel Edwards.  House Speaker […]

FEMA makes Louisiana one of first states to get unemployment aid

BY: - August 17, 2020

According to an Saturday, Aug. 15 press release from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor has approved Louisiana to receive its portion of the $44 billion in aid that President Donald Trump has redirected to unemployment assistance. Gaynor has also approved Arizona, Iowa and New Mexico. The president announced four pandemic-related executive […]


DEBERRY: Did the ‘hardworking Louisianians’ that politicians praise up and decide to become less so?

BY: - August 13, 2020

You’d be hard pressed to find a politician who hasn’t described the people he or she represents as hardworking.  That modifier is such a part of the political lexicon that it’s rarely noticed.  It’s similar in that regard to the way that every governor claims to lead  “the great state of…whatever.” In political speech, everybody […]

President Trump circumvents Congress with executive actions extending unemployment benefits and halting evictions

BY: and - August 8, 2020

This story has been updated with a response from Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office. President Donald Trump on Saturday circumvented Congress and took action into his own hands, after weeks of unsuccessful negotiations over another coronavirus relief package on Capitol Hill. He signed three presidential memoranda and an executive order, at his private golf club in […]

Louisianians collecting unemployment now expected to look for work

BY: - August 3, 2020

The Louisiana Workforce Commission released a video Monday afternoon informing Louisianians receiving unemployment benefits that they are now expected to search for three jobs a week in order to remain qualified for  unemployment insurance. Looking for work while on unemployment is a part of the normal, pre-pandemic rules that had been suspended while the novel […]

Louisiana’s gig workers can still get a fraction of the unemployment help they’d been getting

BY: - July 30, 2020

The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program has expired, which means that the federal government has stopped adding $600 to the unemployment benefits provided by the states.  But contrary to what was previously reported in the Illuminator, that does not mean that gig workers in Louisiana, who are ineligible for state benefits, will see their checks […]

$405 million UI overpaid

Without the $600 added to unemployment checks, I don’t know how my family will survive

BY: - July 28, 2020

By Travis Smith Congress will soon be debating legislation that will determine if families like mine will be able to stay above water. My wife and I are both unemployed and blessed to have been receiving the Pandemic Unemployed Compensation from the CARES Act introduced in March. It has been a tremendous help while we […]

U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy

Gap in federal unemployment payments all but certain after Senate adjourns without unveiling proposal

BY: - July 24, 2020

WASHINGTON — Democratic leaders slammed Republicans Friday for leaving in the lurch millions of jobless Americans who are relying on enhanced unemployment benefits to stay financially afloat amid ongoing public health and economic crises. Republicans in Congress and the White House were engaged in heated negotiations this week over the details of their party’s proposal […]


Stories of hardship ignored by Republicans on Louisiana House labor committee

BY: - June 29, 2020

William Kenneth Walker, a bartender at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, told the Louisiana House Labor and Industrial Relations Committee Friday that the decision to convert the convention center into a makeshift hospital for COVID-19 patients means that he doesn’t think he’ll be going back to work “no time soon.” “And […]