unemployment

Dems to introduce cybersecurity legislation for unemployment system

BY: - September 9, 2021

Democratic legislators say the first step in solving cybersecurity issues in the state unemployment system is admitting there’s a problem. State Reps. Jeffrey Crossman, D-Parma, and Lisa Sobecki, D-Toledo, say the state’s unemployment system “has compromised personal information and resulted in untold thousands of dollars stolen from deserving recipients” and that the Ohio Department of […]

Study: COVID-19 reversed progress for Ohio women, more than 1 million workers displaced

BY: - September 8, 2021

A new study from an Ohio think tank shows disproportionate lay offs for low-paid workers, gender and race inequity, and “job destruction” as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The report released this week by Policy Matters Ohio, titled the “State of Working Ohio 2021,” showed that inconsistencies in assistance from federal and state administrations […]

COMMENTARY

Pandemic hardship is about to get a lot worse for millions of out-of-work Americans

BY: - September 8, 2021

By Jeffrey Kucik, University of Arizona and Don Leonard, The Ohio State University Millions of unemployed Americans lost pandemic-related jobless benefits as of Labor Day – just as surging cases of coronavirus slow the pace of hiring. In all, an estimated 8.8 million people stopped receiving unemployment insurance beginning on Sept. 6, 2021. Millions more […]

States that borrowed from feds to cover unemployment comp checks are about to owe interest

BY: - September 7, 2021

WASHINGTON — Ten states that struggled to pay the mounting costs of rising unemployment compensation claims during the COVID-19 pandemic will face yet another challenge starting Monday: interest accruing on federal loans they relied on to cover payments to the unemployed. Collectively, those states — which include Colorado, Minnesota, New Jersey and Pennsylvania — owe the federal […]

Ohio Supreme Court sides with DeWine in unemployment case

BY: - September 2, 2021

Days before the benefits are set to expire, the Ohio Supreme Court sided with Gov. Mike DeWine in a case questioning his power over unemployment payments, declining a motion for a quicker decision. Ohio residents Shawnee Huff, Candy Bowling and David Willis sued the DeWine administration after he announced the state would no longer be […]

Ohio to hire 200 customer service workers to tackle unemployment claims

BY: - August 31, 2021

The Ohio Controlling Board on Monday approved more than $11 million so the state Department of Jobs and Family Services can contract with a D.C. company for customer service representatives. The company, Conduent State & Local Solutions, Inc., would provide “up to 200 tier 1 agents to answer calls from claimants on their unemployment insurance […]

Ohio has recovered $150 million in fraudulent unemployment claims

BY: - July 13, 2021

The director of the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services recently announced the department is working with state and federal law enforcement to recover hundreds of millions of dollars in fraudulent unemployment claims and billions more in overpayments that are not fraudulent in nature. From the beginning of the pandemic through May 2021, Ohio […]

Advocates: Pandemic, unemployment impact women on many levels

BY: - July 8, 2021

The loss of $300 in extra unemployment assistance has hampered recovery from the pandemic for many Ohioans, including women, advocates say. Leah Haenszel was a respiratory therapist before COVID caused her to leave her job to take care of her three kids, something she couldn’t afford to do, even with a full-time job. “The excessive […]

Ohio arts community faces big pandemic losses, looks to state for help

BY: - June 23, 2021

As an industry with one of the highest unemployment rates in the state, arts organizations are struggling to cover the significant economic losses the coronavirus pandemic caused. In a pandemic impact report, the Ohio Citizens for the Arts asked members where they stood financially following restrictions and closures caused by the spread of COVID-19 through […]

COMMENTARY

Denying a financial lifeline to the poorest Ohioans is not the ‘Christian thing to do,’ Gov. DeWine

BY: - June 15, 2021

“It’s not a Christian thing to do, it’s not in the Judeo-Christian tradition to hurt people.” That was Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine a year ago, chastising churches who insisted on holding large services during severe outbreaks of Covid-19. Now it’s DeWine who deserves to be castigated for his unchristian-like choice to hurt the most vulnerable […]

COMMENTARY

The return of work requirements: The GOP gets its Herbert Hoover on

BY: - May 14, 2021

Having tired of the culture wars, state and national Republicans have returned to the familiar and comforting battlefield of the class wars, using last week’s disappointing jobs numbers as an excuse to call for the end of extended unemployment benefits, based on the slender and debunked premise that it has discouraged people from seeking work. Neil Bradley, the […]

As state law expires, proof of work search returns to unemployment benefits

BY: - December 14, 2020

As the pandemic continues to affect jobs in Ohio, state residents applying for new unemployment benefits will once again have to prove they’ve been looking for work to receive benefits. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services announced that any new unemployment applicants are required to conduct “work-search activities” unless quarantined or isolated for […]