I am aware that the economic impact due to the COVID-19 pandemic is being felt the hardest by those who have unfortunately lost their jobs or have been furloughed. While unemployment insurance is administered by the State of Ohio, I have included information below that I hope will be of help to you. Should you still have questions, please reach out to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services at 1-877-644-6562 or your elected state representative.
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
• Ohioans may apply for unemployment 24/7 online at unemployment.ohio.gov or by calling 1-877-644-6562 Monday through Friday 7 AM - 7 PM, Saturday 9 AM - 5 PM, and Sunday 9 AM - 1 PM. Note that ODJFS is experiencing slow processing times due to high claims activity.
The CARES Act
• More laid-off and furloughed workers than ever before (including those new to the job market) will be eligible for Unemployment Insurance and will see an additional $600 per week to match the average paycheck for up to 4 months of benefits. These benefits will be available immediately.
• This includes workers like those who are self-employed, independent contractors, gig economy workers, and those who do not have sufficient work history to qualify for regular benefits.
While the CARES Act included many great provisions that will be a big help to many, there are other issues that I'm working on that I will fight to include in any future relief packages:
Provide $300 per Week Supplement for Individuals Working Part-Time
Short-Time Compensation or “work-sharing” programs allow employers to voluntarily make an agreement with the state unemployment office to prevent layoffs by reducing employee hours. Workers with reduced hours whose employers establish work-sharing programs are eligible for partial state UI benefits. Under the CARES Act, individuals in work-sharing programs are not eligible for any federal benefit. This provision would provide a $300 per week federal supplement to individuals in work-sharing UI programs.
Provide $300 per Week for Students and Recent Graduates
While the CARES Act significantly extended UI eligibility and benefits, that extension did not include newer job entrants. Job entrants would include students, recent graduates, or other individuals without the necessary work experience to qualify for UI, but who are otherwise ready and able to work absent the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the current economy, with many businesses shut down and hiring freezes, there are fewer job opportunities for these job entrants. This provision would provide a $300 per week federal benefit to job entrants.