COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) — Lawmakers filed for new protections at the Statehouse this week so Ohioans can continue to collect unemployment based on susceptibility and workplace dangers.
Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) cosponsors the Workers’ Protection Act and said Ohioans shouldn’t have to risk their lives for their livelihoods.
“I can’t put a price tag on the health and safety of the people of Ohio,” said Rep. Leland.
In the bill, anyone at-risk of the Coronavirus, aged 65 years and up or lives with someone in these same categories could continue to collect unemployment benefits for a 39-week timeframe.
Individuals who claim their employers are violating safety rules issued by the CDC or state or have no existing childcare could also be eligible.
Rep. Leland said he has full support from his party and is optimistic after past cooperation with state republicans for this bill to pass.
At this point, he doesn’t know how much extra it would cost taxpayers.
“People would say this is a lot of money, and we’re spending money on this,” Rep. Leland said. “We spend a lot of money in this country bailing out airplanes and banks and other people. We can spend a couple dollars on the people of the state of Ohio to make sure they’re safe.”
The bill is expected to be assigned to a House Committee.