Info Bulletin : 3-25-2020

03/25/2020

COVID-19 MASS LAYOFF INSTRUCTIONS

3/22/2020 – 4/6/2020 period (tentative return to work for purposes of unemployment)

For Unemployment Filing Purposes:

Last day worked: March 20, 2020 or March 27, 2020

(Dependent upon if you worked the week of 3/23-3/28)

Return to work: April 6, 2020 (tentative return to work for purposes of unemployment)

All Ohio employees laid off due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic should use the following mass-layoff number – 2000180 – when filing for benefits to speed the processing of unemployment benefits.

COVID-19-affected claimants with otherwise valid applications for unemployment will be awarded benefits. While claimants must still meet the weekly requirements that they be able and available for work, the requirement that they actively search for work while receiving benefits has been waived.

ADDITIONAL WEEK DETAILS for 3/30/2020-4/5/2020

· Due to COVID-19 and the new stay-at-home order, the Ohio Unemployment website and phones are experiencing massive amounts of traffic. Please be patient in trying to get through to unemployment to file a claim. This may mean accessing the website during non-business hours (e.g. early in the morning or late at night) to get through.

· Employees who last worked week ending 3/21/20, but did not file for this week yet, continue to use 3/30/20 as your return to work date.

· Employees who did not work week ending 3/28/2020 should claim the second week (and subsequent weeks as necessary) as continuing weeks. DO NOT reopen your claim for subsequent weeks. This will cause a delay in processing.

· Employees who worked week ending 3/28/2020 will open a new claim or reopen their claims using Mass Layoff #2000180 and 3/27/2020 as the Last Day Worked. (Use 4/6/20 return to work date!!!)

· 4/6/2020 return to work date is tentative and may change due to COVID-19 conditions. Any changes will be communicated. Mass Layoff #2000180 will remain in effect for the duration of this layoff.

· 4/1 Retirees have the option of filing for the week of 3/30-4/3 and reporting pension earnings for the days in April (i.e. 4/1-4/3), or not filing at all. If you do file for unemployment, your benefit amount will be reduced based on the amount of your pension. If the pension (divided into weeks) is more than the UC benefit amount, you will not be eligible for UC for the week. This may result in an overpayment, especially if you fail to claim the pension money. If you would like vacation instead for 3/30 and 3/31, please contact your process coach.

Employees who worked on 3/22/20, and are on a 5x8 pattern, who have been a full-time seniority employee for at least one year will receive SWW for pay ending 3/29/20... these employees should not file Unemployment for week ending 4/5/2020 if they do not work 3/29-4/5. SWW runs from Sunday to Saturday so Sunday hours will create SWW. Same rules apply if an employee works Sunday 3/29/20 for pay ending 4/5/20.


OHIO UNEMPLOYMENT & SUB PAY

· Filing for unemployment benefits is a two-step process.

1. Employees must file an application for benefits during the week of 3/22/2020-3/28/2020

2. Employees must claim the week of unemployment beginning on the Sundays following the layoff week, 3/29/2020 & 4/5/2020.

It is imperative that you follow the two-step process for unemployment when filing your claim. Failure to do so (including late filing) may result in denial of unemployment benefits.

Employees who have questions about Ohio filing requirements should use the following resources:

§ Online: https://unemployment.cmt.ohio.gov/cmtview/loginc.jsp

§ Phone:

Out of State Unemployment

If you are a recent transfer from a plant outside of Ohio, and have an open claim in your former state, DO NOT open a claim in Ohio. If this is not a waiting week for you, please re-file your claim with the state in which you have an open claim. As long as it is not a waiting week and you have no income to claim to unemployment, your SUB will process automatically.

SUB Pay Eligibility

SUB pay will pay automatically for all weeks that an employee receives an unemployment benefit, if eligible. Employees are eligible for SUB pay once they are a full-time employee for a minimum of one year.

Please contact the Labor Office if you have not received a SUB payment within two weeks of an Unemployment payment, or if you have exhausted your unemployment benefits entirely. Contact Labor Relations at jcarte53@ford.com

Waiting Week

If you are opening a NEW claim during this period, the State of Ohio will waive your waiting week.

Earned Income

If you have income from employment outside of Ford or you have income to report from Ford during your layoff week, you will need to contact Labor Relations at jcarte53@ford.com to complete a SUB application, as SUB will reject if there is a discrepancy. Per SUB Administration, a copy of your paystub from outside of Ford will need to be provided in order to process a request for SUB payment.