Ohio Unemployment Update – $300 Federal Supplemental Unemployment Compensation
Ohio‘s new jobless assistance program is worth more than $300 per person. The program is expanding, but it is not enough to give people a fresh start. It is not enough to just rely on the state’s unemployment rate, however. Enhanced unemployment benefits are also needed to support workers in low-wage industries. Employers are encouraged to offer workers a better opportunity to find a job and keep their benefits.
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has begun issuing supplemental weekly payments of $300 in Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation to unemployment claimants. These payments, which are meant to help people who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic, were made available through the ARPA or the American Rescue Plan Act. These payments were made through the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and were in addition to state unemployment benefits. FPUC payments began in March 2020 and were made through the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) through the federal government. The ARPA extended the payments of FPUC through September 6, 2021, but Ohio will stop the supplemental weekly payments after the June 26, 2021 benefit week.
Enhanced UI programs are currently available for 11 weeks from December 26th to March 14th. FPUC payments will cease after these 11 weeks are complete. This is different from the PEUC benefits, which are phased out on April 10th, 2021. To qualify for the additional $300 weekly payments, you must be receiving either regular or PEUC benefits. For more information, visit ohio.gov/ohio.
FPUC payments for $300 unemployment in Ohio will cease in Ohio on Sept. 4, the date set by the federal government. On September 6, DeWine cut off the enhanced benefits for Ohioans, and the state ended the program. The Ohio Supreme Court is hearing arguments in the lawsuit filed by three unemployed Ohioans. If successful, retroactive payments may be made. If you qualify, apply for the FPUC today.
The FPUC program provides an additional $300 weekly benefit to those who are receiving traditional unemployment benefits. Those who receive the PeUC program or the PUA can also apply for MEUC. MEUC is a separate program that pays supplemental benefits to those who earn $100 or more per week. The MEUC program is available through September 4th, 2021. The application process is manual and the ODJFS notified all potential eligible individuals.
COVID-19 relief package
The federal government approved an extra $300 per week in unemployment benefits for unemployed Ohioans earlier this year, but the governor has opted out. In an attempt to dissuade unemployed Ohioans from returning to the workforce, he has cut off the unemployment benefits before Labor Day. He has opted to opt out, as have the other 11 governors. But DeWine has not given up. He has resisted any attempts to reinstate the benefits.
Under COVID-19 federal stimulus measures, the number of weeks an individual can receive unemployment benefits has been raised to 53 from the traditional cap of 24. Nontraditional workers can also qualify for pandemic unemployment assistance. But if you have been denied this federal help, you may want to consider applying for unemployment benefits from other states. The government has announced that it will continue to honor the existing pandemic unemployment benefits in Ohio.
This $900 billion COVID-19 relief package is expected to pass the Senate this month. The bill includes extended unemployment benefits and increases government spending on contact tracing and COVID-19 testing. This federal aid is worth around $300 per week in Ohio. It also includes a tax break on the first $10,200 of earnings for people who are not working. It is unclear whether the bill will be enacted before the deadline of March 14.
If you qualify for the emergency COVID-19 unemployment aid, you may be able to qualify for the additional $300 per week. The program will be available from 12/27/202020 to 9/4/2021. It will be difficult to get enough money without the help of this program, but it can help you in the long run. The money will help you through tough times. You’ll be glad you did.
While the bonus payment for the COVID-19 epidemic was an unusual one, it makes sense to give people who are in a vulnerable position an early boost. The bonus payments began as the disease spread throughout the state. Then, a few months later, the vaccine was developed and was released. That means that many unemployed people in Ohio have gotten a boost. In the meantime, a few more months of unemployment are left to suffer.
Enhanced unemployment benefits
In an effort to boost the economy, the state of Ohio offered enhanced unemployment benefits to people who were affected by the pandemic. The program was started in the early stages of the pandemic and provided additional benefits to people whose places of employment were closed due to health concerns. After the pandemic, when a vaccine was available, the state aggressively worked to reopen its economy. But week-to-week numbers do not tell the whole story. There are short-term factors that affect employment, and longer-term factors as well.
Governor Mike DeWine cannot withhold the federal pandemic enhanced unemployment compensation bonus because the program is already over. But the case will still go through the court system to determine whether the governor can reinstate the 300-week supplement. The federal program ends Sept. 6 and Ohio’s participation ended on June 26. DeWine’s legal team has argued that he had the discretion to end the program earlier than scheduled. However, this ruling is still under appeal.
Some experts believe the Obama administration did not try to extend enhanced unemployment benefits past September as originally planned. But a recent study conducted by Policy Matters Ohio shows that cutting $300 from unemployment benefits doesn’t spur job growth. The study found that seven out of every 28 unemployed persons found a job each month in early 2021, but that one of those seven rejected the job because of the enhanced unemployment payments. While the increased benefits have been beneficial, a reduction in consumer spending is likely to slow job growth and wash out any positive effects from enhanced unemployment payments.
The new enhanced benefits program ends June 26. After that, Ohio will return to its standard amount of unemployment benefits, which is equal to 50% of an average weekly wage. Moreover, the cap on the benefits varies according to the number of dependents a person has. The maximum weekly benefit is $498 for those with no dependents, $554 for those with two to three children, and $672 for those with three or more children.
Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) program
The Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC), a separate program from PUA, can help you receive a monthly benefit during a period of unemployment. The application process for MEUC is different from that for PUA, and the state unemployment agencies confirm eligibility of claimants for the program. The payments are subject to withholding tax and child support deductions, which could reduce the amount of your MEUC benefit. In addition, they are subject to the same federal laws that govern the payment of underlying benefits. Moreover, if you are convicted of fraud, you may lose your MEUC benefits.
Self-employed individuals can apply for MEUC benefits through the Employment Development Department. These workers will receive an additional $100 per week in supplemental unemployment benefits. The new program will last through September 2021 and is applicable to self-employed individuals. For more information, read on to learn more about the MEUC program. Just keep in mind that self-employment does not qualify you for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (P2U) benefits, and regular state unemployment benefits do not take into account self-employment income.
Once you have been deemed eligible for MEUC benefits, you must apply for them. MEUC will add your weekly benefit to your PUA or PEUC benefit. When you have applied, you should be waiting for a determination letter from the Employment Department. If you qualify, you will receive payments for every week of your unemployed eligibility between December 27, 2020 and September 4, 2021. The benefit will be paid retroactively, so be sure to submit an application as soon as possible.
In order to be considered eligible for MEUC benefits, you must be able to demonstrate that you earned at least $5,000 in net profit in the tax year prior to applying for benefits. Self-employment income must be documented and must exceed $500 in the prior tax year. If you meet both of these requirements, you may receive up to $100 per week. The state will notify you of your eligibility and give you an opportunity to appeal if necessary.