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What are Worker Rights and Benefits during COVID-19?



Has unemployment eligibility expanded during COVID-19?

Unemployment eligibility has expanded during COVID-19. Workers who lose employment as a result of COVID 19 may qualify for benefits immediately.  See details about the expanded eligibility at here.  You can apply online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at http://unemployment.ohio.gov. Click here for FAQs about unemployment insurance benefits from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Has there been an expansion of sick/medical leave during COVID-19?

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act goes into effect on April 2, 2020 and ends on December 31, 2020. The act includes an Emergency Expansion of the Family Medical Leave Act (EEFMLA), Emergency Unemployment Insurance Stabilization and Access Act, and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (PSLA). To read a summary of the key provisions, click here. To read the full act, click here.

For more information on Worker Rights and Benefits during COVID-19, please see these related FAQs:

Worker Rights and Benefits (Unemployment): What are the New Rules for Unemployment Compensation Benefits Related to COVID-19?

Worker Rights and Benefits: What Benefits Does the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Provide?

Worker Rights and Benefits: What Help Can I Get from the Emergency Expansion Family Medical Leave Act?

Worker Rights and Benefits: What Help Can I Get from the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act?

Worker Rights and Benefits: What Does the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Do for Unemployment Compensation (UC) Benefits (including Pandemic UC)?

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