Why have my unemployment benefits stopped?
Please be aware of the following significant changes to the Unemployment Compensation program effective Saturday, April 7, 2012. As of this date, UC benefits will stop for some individuals who have been receiving them.
Ohioans can no longer receive Extended Benefits. Ohio recipients of Unemployment Compensation who are on Extended Benefits will NOT receive benefits after this Saturday, April 7, 2012. This group already received Tiers 1, 2, 3 and 4 of Emergency UC and was then approved for 20 weeks of Extended Benefits. Even people who were approved for 20 weeks of Extended Benefits will stop receiving payments as of April 7, 2012, regardless of whether they received all 20 weeks.
In addition, a person who exhausts Tier 3 benefits of Emergency Unemployment Compensation after April 7 will not be eligible to apply for Tier 4 benefits.
These changes are the result of federal legislation that extended, but reduced, these programs. Additional information is available at http://unemployment.ohio.gov.
The Office of Unemployment Compensation is doing automated phone calls to the individuals whose benefits will end on Saturday, and sending written notices along with information about other resources.
If you have questions about the loss of the Extended Benefits, you should call the unemployment processing center listed on your unemployment notices to ask if you qualify for regular unemployment benefits. Legal Aid will not be able to assist people whose benefits stop as a result of the Extended Benefits program ending.
The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland continues to assist low income UC claimants with unemployment appeals and issues. In general, individuals who believe their unemployment benefits are wrongly denied may request an appeal and call Legal Aid intake at 1-888-817-3777 to find out if they qualify for free legal assistance from our office.