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The plan wraps in far more workers than are usually eligible for unemployment benefits, including self-employed people and part-time workers.
The bottom line: Those who are unemployed, are partly unemployed or cannot work for a wide variety of coronavirus-related reasons will be more likely to receive benefits.
In Ohio, unemployment benefits typically pay 50 percent of your average weekly wage during the base period. However, the maximum payment is $424 per week and the minimum payment per week is $118. Additionally, depending on if and how many dependents you have, your benefit payment may be higher.
Under the CARES Act plan, eligible workers will get an extra $600 per week on top of their state benefit.
Yes, self-employed people are newly eligible for unemployment benefits. Benefit amounts will be calculated based on previous income, using a formula from the Disaster Unemployment Assistance program, according to a congressional aide. Self-employed workers will also be eligible for the additional $600 weekly benefit provided by the federal government.
Yes. If you are unemployed, partly unemployed or unable to work because your employer closed down, you’re covered under the bill.
If you’ve received a diagnosis, are experiencing symptoms or are seeking a diagnosis — and you’re unemployed, partly unemployed or cannot work as a result — you will be covered. The same goes if you must care for a member of your family or household who has received a diagnosis.
If you rely on a school, a daycare or another facility to care for a child, elderly parent or another household member so that you can work — and that facility has been shut down because of coronavirus — you are eligible.
It depends. Let’s say your employer didn’t lay you off but you had to quit because of a quarantine recommended by a healthcare provider, or because your child’s day care closed and you’re the primary caregiver. Situations like that are covered.
But this provision wasn’t intended to cover people who quit (or want to quit) because they fear that continuing to work puts them at risk of contracting COVID-19, according to congressional aides.
Ohio provides 26 weeks of benefits. The bill provides all eligible workers with an additional 13 weeks. So, participants would be eligible for a total of 39 weeks. The extra $600 payment from the federal government will last for up to four months, covering weeks of unemployment ending July 31.
Expanded coverage would be available to workers who were newly eligible for unemployment benefits for weeks starting on Jan. 27, 2020, and through Dec. 31, 2020.
Yes. Even if you’re already receiving unemployment benefits for reasons unrelated to COVID-19, your state-level benefits will still be extended by 13 weeks. You will also receive the extra $600 weekly benefit from the federal government.