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Tuesday, November 23, 2010 (http://unemployment.ohio.gov/)

Unless Congress takes action to again extend deadlines, many Ohioans currently receiving unemployment compensation will soon reach the end of allowable benefits. The law currently states that claimants who exhaust their maximum 26 weeks of regular unemployment benefits after November 20, 2010, will not be eligible for Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC), and that claimants who exhaust their current EUC benefits after November 27, 2010, will not be eligible for additional benefits.

Additionally, the 100 percent federal funding for State Extended Benefits – known as “Ohio EB” or “Ohio Extended Benefits” – is payable only through December 4, 2010, and only individuals who established regular unemployment claims prior to May 29, 2010, may receive the additional $25 Federal Additional Compensation (FAC) payment through December 11, 2010.

Please continue to file your weekly claims. We are closely following all legislative action and will post additional information as soon as we have it.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010 (http://unemployment.ohio.gov/)

Important News for Employers and Their Representatives:

The upcoming Employer Resource Information Center (ERIC) tax system will offer a multitude of secure online filing options to assist you in easily managing your unemployment tax account(s). We expect this new self-service system to be available early December. Users will notice a new log-in procedure at that time. Further details will be posted here as soon as they are available.

As of 11:03 am July 23, 2010, after speaking with a representative at the Youngstown processing center, I've found that they had just come out of a meeting on the recent extension. They will be working over the next few days on updating their system to handle the new expiration dates and retroactive payments. I was told that possibly by Sunday, we may be able to file our weekly claims online, but if not, to call during the week. They are gearing up to get the retroactive payments out, but currently have no date set to get these payments out. I have put in a request with them to update their homepage with the latest news on this as soon as it's available and she said she would pass the request along, since it could help them in reducing call volume.

Later in the day, this was posted on the Ohio Unemployment page:

Friday, July 23, 2010

On July 22, 2010, President Obama signed legislation that extends the deadlines for the federally funded Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program and federal funding for State Extended Benefits. As a result, claimants who recently exhausted their benefits may be able to restart their claims.

Claimants should continue to file for benefits, which will be retroactive to the former program deadlines of May/June, 2010 by calling 1-866-962-4064 toll-free between 7:00 AM. and 7:00 PM, Monday through Friday, and between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM on Saturday. Because of the late passage of this extension, claimants may notice a delay in the posting of funds to their accounts.

The new legislation extends the deadlines as follows:

  • EUC, or federal extended benefits. The legislation extends deadlines for this program from May 29, 2010 to November 27, 2010. Eligible individuals may continue to collect benefits until April 30, 2011. This program continues to offer a maximum of 53 weeks of extended unemployment benefits. The new legislation did not add any more weeks of benefits.

For further information, please see UC Federal Extended Benefits FAQs.

  • The 100 percent federal funding for State Extended Benefits. The legislation extends deadlines for federal funding of State Extended Benefits – known as “Ohio EB” or “Ohio Extended Benefits” – from June 5, 2010 to December 4, 2010. This program continues to offer a maximum of 20 weeks of extended unemployment benefits. The new legislation did not add any more weeks of benefits.

For further information, please see UC State Extended Benefits FAQs.

NOTE: The new legislation did not extend the deadline for the Federal Additional Compensation (FAC) program. The FAC program allows states to pay an additional $25 for each week that an individual receives unemployment benefits. Only individuals who established regular unemployment claims prior to May 29, 2010, may receive the additional $25 payment through the week ending December 4, 2010. For further information, please see UC Changes Due to Stimulus Package.

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