On Sunday, March 15, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed an executive order that will make it easier for workers affected by COVID-19 (a.k.a. novel Coronavirus) to apply for unemployment benefits.
The order expands eligibility to include employees who can’t work because their employer has closed, as well as employees who are in mandatory quarantine for suspected infection. Workers who do not have access to paid leave at their job will be able to access unemployment benefits.
Anyone who can’t work because of this pandemic will not be subject to requirements to actively seek work while receiving unemployment. The usual one-week waiting period is also being waived during this emergency.
“We want to be sure everyone has the ability to apply for these benefits,” said Montgomery County Commission President Judy Dodge. “This emergency is going to affect many people, and we’re focused on serving people in this time of need.”
Montgomery County is encouraging anyone who has lost work because of the COVID-19 emergency to contact the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services to apply for unemployment benefits. Affected workers can apply online at http://unemployment.ohio.gov or by phone at 1-877-644-6562 (TTY available at 1-614-387-8408).
For those who don’t have access to the internet, Montgomery County’s Job Center at 1111 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd. in Dayton will have public computers available to fill out the online application. Staff members are disinfecting the computers regularly to help with the virus response.