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Gov. Edwards signs emergency order relating to unemployment

Gov. Edwards
Posted at 5:01 PM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 20:08:53-04

Gov. John Bel Edwards on Tuesday signed a proclamation related to unemployment and other issues related to the Louisiana Workforce Commission as it seeks to manage the influx in unemployment claims due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The proclamation addresses various issues related to unemployment and workers' compensation and also deems healthcare workers and first responders who work for the state as essential for purposes of the federal Family First Coronavirus Response Act.

You can read the full proclamation below.

Gov. Edwards held a press conference on Tuesday, where he said the state has increased capacity to take calls and online applications regarding unemployment concerns. Many requirements, including weekly qualifications and proof of job searches, have been waived to speed up the process.

Read more from his Tuesday briefing here.