Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020. One of the program benefits as it relates to 1099/self-employed workers is the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Program:

Broader Unemployment Eligibility

  • Targeted for 1099 tax filers/self-employed workers and individuals ineligible for state unemployment benefits.

  • The program is effective from Jan. 27 through Dec. 31.

  • Unemployment benefits for eligible individuals will be available for no more than 39 weeks.

  • The PUA benefit amount will be similar to what traditional Ohioans eligible for unemployment can receive, plus $600 a week.

Ohio, just like every other state in the nation, is working to stand up this new program. The exact details of
how it will be implemented and the process for eligible Ohioans to apply and claim benefits are still in the
planning stages. We are awaiting many of the implementation details from the U.S. Department of Labor. Once the process is finalized, we will communicate details with all 1099 filers in Ohio, as well as publicly post

Coronavirus and Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Employers, please distribute the form linked below to employees laid off because od COVID-19 pandemic to expedite their claim process.

Form found at Coronavirus.UI Benefits

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Business and Nonprofit Resources

The State of Ohio has provided resources for economic support to Ohio businesses and workers to ensure we all weather this difficult time. Particularly for businesses you will find information as it relates to:

  • Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program which Ohio small businesses and nonprofits are now eligible to apply for up to a $2 million, low-interest loan through the SBA.

  • Publicly-Funded Daycares increasing the number of children allowed to be supervised by childcare staff.

  • The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) modifying the haulers carrying heavy loads of essential goods.

  • Ohio’s Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) system is the exclusive provider of workers’ compensation insurance in Ohio and serves 249,000 public and private employers. 

  • Grace Period for Health Insurance Premiums for all health insurers being required to provide the option of deferring premium payments, interest free, for up to 60 calendar days from each original premium due date.

  • Keeping Essential Goods Moving is the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) modified process for haulers carrying heavy loads of essential goods.

  • TechCred Program helps Ohioans learn new skills and helps employers build a stronger workforce with the skills needed in a tech-infused economy.

  • Suspension of Pharmacy Audits requiring third party administrators, including Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) to suspend pharmacy audits during the state of emergency.

  • Wi-Fi HotSpots in which BroadbandOhio, the state’s office dedicated to improving access to high-speed internet, has been working with providers to find public hotspot locations that Ohioans can use in areas where they may not otherwise have access to internet from home. 

Details found at BusinessHelp.Ohio,gov


Essential Businesses Seeking Jobseekers and Dislocated Workers

A site has been provided that features a highly-streamlined interface with a link for essential businesses to post jobs. Applicants can search through jobs in their area, their region, and the entire state.

Details found at Coronavirus.Ohio.gov/JobSearch


The BCW Workforce understands  that the Ohio workforce is facing one of the most difficult times amid the global pandemic brought on by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

During this time, we would like to make it easier for you by sharing information that we think will assist and guide your business in order to seek the appropriate business resources. 

Office of Small Business Relief (OSBR) 

Governor DeWine’s  announced the creation of the Office of Small Business Relief (OSBR) housed under Ohio Development Services Agency. This new office will serve as the State’s central point of information on business and economic relief programs being rolled out. The website includes information on: small business considerations during COVID-19 outbreak, business & nonprofit support, layoff alternatives, and banking updates along with a FAQ section.

Details found at BusinessHelp.Ohio,gov