Eligibility

Additional Details for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

PUA will provide up to 39 weeks of benefits to many who historically have not qualified for unemployment benefits, such as self-employed workers, 1099 tax filers, part-time workers, and those who lack sufficient work history. Individuals who have exhausted all regular unemployment and any federal and state extensions also may be eligible for an additional 13 weeks of benefits with this program.

PUA requires individuals to meet one of the following circumstances:

  • The individual has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or is experiencing symptoms and is seeking medical diagnosis;
  • A member of the individual’s household has been diagnosed with COVID-19;
  • The individual is providing care for a family member or member of the household who has been diagnosed with COVID-19;
  • A child or other person in the household for which the individual has primary caregiving responsibility is unable to attend school or another facility is closed as a direct result of the COVID-19 emergency, and the school or care is required for the individual to work;
  • The individual is unable to reach the place of employment because of a COVID-19 quarantine;
  • The individual is unable to reach the place of employment because a health care professional has advised him or her to self-quarantine due to COVID-19 concerns;
  • The individual was scheduled to commence employment and does not have a job or is unable to reach the job as a direct result of COVID-19;
  • The individual has become the breadwinner or major support for a household because the head of the household has died as a direct result of COVID-19;
  • The individual has quit his/her job as a direct result of COVID-19;
  • The individual’s place of employment is closed as a direct result of COVID-19

The benefit amount will be similar to traditional unemployment benefits, plus an additional $600 per week through July 25. There is no minimum income requirement for PUA.

(1) social security number, date of birth and driver’s license or state ID number; (2) name, address, telephone number, and email address; (3) name, address, telephone number and dates of employment for 2019; (4) reason for unemployment; and, (7) banking information for direct deposit.

We are creating a new system that people can use to apply for benefits. We expect it to be operational in mid-May. Please be assured that your benefits will be retroactive to the date that you became eligible. Regardless of the launch date, all benefits will be retroactive to the date you became eligible. Note that the additional $600 per week is available from March 29 through July 25, 2020.

The benefit amount will be similar to traditional unemployment benefits plus an additional $600 per week. (To calculate your estimated weekly payment, see page 19 of the Worker's Guide to Unemployment Insurance.) PUA benefits are calculated according to earnings/wages, but if there are insufficient wages then the individual receives the federal minimum of $189. There is no earnings requirement. There is a weekly benefit.

Benefits will be retroactive to the date you became eligible, which could have been as early as February 2. Note that the additional $600 per week is available from March 29 through July 25, 2020.

The additional $600 a week will be paid via a separate weekly payment. The first payment will include any retroactive payments you may be eligible for, from March 29 through the present. This supplemental payment is known as Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (PUC) and is available through July 25, 2020. It will be applied to multiple programs, including but not limited to regular unemployment benefits, Trade benefits, and SharedWork Ohio benefits.

Benefits will be retroactive to the date you became eligible, which could have been as early as February 2. Those who are eligible can receive benefits for up to 39 weeks, but not past December 26, 2020.

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