Rep. Monique Smith (D-Fairview Park) issued a statement following the announcement that Ohioans who were overpaid unemployment benefits during the coronavirus pandemic will be eligible for a waiver to avoid costly repayments. Ohioans who saw their benefits stolen by scammers will also be eligible for replacement payments.
“The announcement of Ohio’s new policy to waive unemployment insurance overpayments is long overdue. Ohio’s unemployment system has been broken by years of mismanagement and underfunding by Ohio’s Republican politicians and it has caused real harm to residents of my district,” said Rep. Smith. “We see this every day in my office as we assist countless constituents struggling to navigate Ohio's broken unemployment system. While the system undergoes much-needed changes, my office will continue to advocate strongly for constituents who are counting on it to work for them.”
Thousands of Ohioans received overpayments because of errors made by state officials or employers during the height of the coronavirus pandemic.
House Democrats introduced House Bill 139 earlier this year to require the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services to waive unemployment overpayment collection.