Ohio updates pre-registration process for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefits
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) has simplified and streamlined the process for REALTORS and other 1099 employees to apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance that opened for pre-registration on Friday, April 24. Once you click the link, press the "Get Started Now" button. You'll be asked three yes/no questions:
- Have you previously submitted an unemployment application?
- Did you work at least 20 weeks in the last 18 months and earn a minimum of $269 per week?
- Are you self-employed, 1099 or recently denied for unemployment?
You'll then be directed to additional questions to assess your eligibility and begin the pre-registration for your benefit claim.
ODJFS said PUA benefits will be similar to regular unemployment benefits plus an additional $600 per week through July 25.
By pre-registering, people can get in line early so that as soon as the agency has the ability to process claims in May, they can complete the paperwork. For those eligible, PUA benefits will be retroactive to the date they qualified, as early as Feb. 2. The program will provide up to 39 weeks of benefits to many who historically have not qualified for unemployment benefits, such as self-employed workers, 1099 tax filers, part-time workers, and those who lack sufficient work history. Individuals who have exhausted all regular unemployment and any weekly extensions also may be eligible for the program. Anyone with questions should call (833) 604-0774.