Last April, Governor Strickland signed an amendment to fund up to 20 weeks additional unemployment compensation for eligible residents. (This was 100% funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.) Late in December, the act was extended through February of 2010, and is commonly known as Ohio EB.
You are eligible for this extension if you’ve exhausted all regular unemployment benefits and also the federal Emergency Compensation (also known as EUC) between March 15, 2009 and February 6, 2010, and you cannot claim benefits under any other state, or Canada, unemployment compensation.
You will be eligible to receive an additional 20 weeks of Ohio EB after the federal extended benefits expire. (This is the additional 13 week stipend that was started in 2008.) This amount will be the same as what your regular unemployment benefit had been.
If you think you are eligible for benefits under this extension, call 1-877-OHIO JOB and follow the instructions. Eligible individuals should receive instructions in the mail about how to file for the extended benefits as well.
Extended benefits may take up to four weeks to be processed and verify eligibility. Once that initial processing is done, regular weekly or biweekly payments will be maid via electronic transfer or debit card, based on individual preference.
If you are currently living in another state, you may still be eligible for the Ohio EB benefits, if you are actively seeking work in Ohio OR if you live in a state that also has a state extended benefit program. Otherwise, then just two weeks of Ohio EB are available.
You can check on whether your payment has been made by going to http://unemployment.ohio.gov. You can also call 1-877-OHIO JOB (644-6562). You will need a PIN number (personal identification number) for either the website or the automated phone system.
Once you’re determined eligible, you can continue claiming weeks via the website or automated phone system.
Keep in mind, you must to be able to work, and available for work, and you must also be making a sustained effort to find suitable work. This includes personally applying for week with at least two employers who hire in your line of work. Also keep a record of this information, including the employer’s contact information, how you applied, what type of work you applied for, when you contacted them, and what the outcome was. This information may be requested for further examination to confirm continued eligibility.
The penalty for not supplying this information if requested is suspension of benefits until you obtain employment and work four weeks, earning wages of at least four times the unemployment benefit amount.
You also must register with the Ohio SCOTI system, which should be done at the time you file for benefits. If you live and are looking for work outside of Ohio, you are required to sign up with that state’s labor exchange system.
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