$300 unemployment benefits may return


By Staff Report

Following a ruling Tuesday by the State’s 10th District Court of Appeals, unemployed Ohioans may soon once again receive the weekly $300 unemployment bonus.

While federal funding for the program expires next Saturday, September 4, those who have been unemployed would likely receive many weeks of back pay, should the ruling stand.

As previously reported by Y-City News, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine ended the state’s participation in the weekly $300 unemployment bonus, along with 26 other states, earlier this summer.

Federal Legislation provided the funds for each state through the beginning of September, but DeWine said the bonus was impacting recipients’ willingness to return to work.

The state has required that those on unemployment, since early summer, apply for at least two jobs per week to be eligible for benefits.

Following DeWine’s order, lawyers representing those on unemployment sued to have the benefits reinstated.

Similar efforts have occurred in other states such as Indiana, where the courts ordered payments to resume.

After a Franklin County Judge said he would not reinstate benefits in Ohio, the plaintiffs appealed to Ohio’s 10th District Court of Appeals.

There, in a two-to-one ruling, justices said that the County Court Judge must consider two additional factors, including – unjustifiable harm to third parties or any public interest served by restoring benefits – before deciding if the Governor had the authority to block benefits.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said the State plans to appeal the decision to the Ohio Supreme Court.

For those who have remained on unemployment since June 26, when the order became effective, recipients are facing a potential windfall of $3,000.

President Joe Biden has said he has no intention of extending unemployment benefits past the September 4 cutoff.